Reasons to Postpone Childbearing during Fertility Decline in Finland

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We examined self-reported reasons to postpone childbearing during fertility decline in Finland in 2010s and their associations with sociodemographic factors, as well as social media use and work-related attitudes. Using representative survey data from Finnish Family Barometers, the sample comprised participants aged 20-44 who did not plan having (more) children soon. Based on exploratory factor analysis, reasons to postpone childbearing were grouped into uncertain life situation, lifestyle preferences, and completed fertility. Regression analysis results indicate that more stable life situation, infrequent social media use, and lower work-orientation were related to lower uncertainty, whereas being a woman, having no children, frequent social media use, and higher work-orientation were associated with increased lifestyle preferences. Uncertain life situation and lifestyle preferences influence childbearing decisions independently of sociodemographic characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMarriage & Family Review
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)253-276
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • fertility
  • fertility intentions
  • lifestyle preferences
  • postponement of childbearing
  • social media use
  • uncertainty
  • work-related attitudes
  • 515 Psychology
  • 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health

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