Social Networks and Family Formation Processes

Young Adults’ Decision Making About Parenthood

  • Authors
  • Sylvia Keim

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-18
  2. Sylvia Keim
    Pages 19-30
  3. Sylvia Keim
    Pages 31-45
  4. Sylvia Keim
    Pages 83-142
  5. Sylvia Keim
    Pages 249-255
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 249-270

About this book


How do young adults decide to become parents or to remain childless? Is this an individual choice, a couple’s decision or are there other social influences involved, such as social networks? Using a mixed-methods design, Sylvia Keim combines problem-centred interviews and network data collected among young adults in western Germany. The author shows that personal relations strongly influence the perceptions, attitudes, and plans individuals express concerning parenthood. She identifies basic mechanisms and channels of social influence as well as relevant network structures.

This book is valuable reading for academics, students, and policy makers interested in family research, the network perspective, and mixed-methods research.


family research fertility behaviour fertility research individualization parenthood

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 2011
  • Publisher Name VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-531-17784-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-531-93173-9
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