Baxter, Janeen and Evans, Ann (2013). Introduction. In Ann Evans and Janeen Baxter (Ed.), Negotiating the life course: stability and change in life pathways (pp. 1-7) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Netherlands. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-8912-0_1

Author Baxter, Janeen
Evans, Ann
Title of chapter Introduction
Title of book Negotiating the life course: stability and change in life pathways
Place of Publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Introduction, foreword, editorial or appendix
DOI 10.1007/978-90-481-8912-0_1
Open Access Status
Series Life Course Research and Social Policies
ISBN 9789048189113
ISSN 2211-7776
Editor Ann Evans
Janeen Baxter
Volume number 1
Chapter number 1
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Total chapters 11
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Pathways through the life course have undergone considerable change in recent years. Compared to previous generations, young adults today face a very different set of choices and constraints to their parents and grandparents. The typical life course trajectory of leaving school, dating, becoming engaged, marrying and having children has been turned upside down so that it is now almost as common to have children prior to marriage as afterwards, and certainly much more common to live together before marrying than to marry directly without a period of defacto cohabitation. In the mid-1970s in Australia, just 16 % of couples lived together before marrying. Now, more than three-quarters do. In the in Australia, approximately one in every 25 children was born outside marriage. Now, the corresponding figure is one in three. About 32 % of Australian marriages end in divorce (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2005), and the traditional nuclear family, with a full-time male earner and a full-time female housewife and mother is now less common in Australia than a household in which both partners work for pay (De Vaus 2004).
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