Sooner or later? Young Australian men's perspectives on timing of parenthood

Thompson, Rachel and Lee, Christina (2011) Sooner or later? Young Australian men's perspectives on timing of parenthood. Journal of Health Psychology, 16 5: 807-818. doi:10.1177/1359105310392091

Author Thompson, Rachel
Lee, Christina
Title Sooner or later? Young Australian men's perspectives on timing of parenthood
Journal name Journal of Health Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-1053
Publication date 2011-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1359105310392091
Volume 16
Issue 5
Start page 807
End page 818
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Postponed parenthood has been identified as a significant driver of the trends towards smaller families and underachieved fertility aspirations. Understanding men’s preferred timing and circumstances for fatherhood is needed to complement existing research among young women and increase understanding of postponed parenthood. We collected quantitative and qualitative data on attitudes regarding the timing of parenthood from 382 young Australian men attending university. Participants valued having a stable relationship and personal maturity before having children, with completed studies, financial security and a permanent yet flexible job also important. Programmes and policies which facilitate the establishment of important ‘preconditions’ for parenthood would support individuals to achieve their reproductive aspirations.
Keyword Fatherhood
Postponed parenthood
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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