Attitude toward childbearing outside of marriage in Canada
Authors: A. Erfani and R. Beaujot
In low fertility societies, less traditional orientations on questions of gender and family are linked to more non-marital births and a somewhat higher level of childbearing. This study looks at the attitudes to non-marital births to analyze the predictors of attitudes that are more favorable to childbearing. Using a sample from Oxford and Middlesex counties in Ontario, Canada, we find that women who are employed full-time have more favorable attitudes to non-marital childbearing. For men, it is the non-married who have more positive attitudes. In contrast, women in complementary role relationships and men who are married are less favorable to having children outside of a marital relationship. Policies that would support family diversity and single parent families are discussed. Adapted from the source document.
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