Decisions to Have Children in Late 20th and Early 21st Century Australia

A Qualitative Analysis

  • Gordon Carmichael

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Population Studies book series (BRIEFSPOPULAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 39-41

About this book


This book explores the process of decision-making around having children in a sample of 115 men, women and couples for whom family formation was a recent past, current or imminent future issue. The discussion is initially focused on the extent to which parenthood was contemplated in late adolescence and during the relationship formation/courtship process, and the process by which family sizes are determined. Decision-making associated with having first, second, third and fourth children is then examined in chapters entitled The First Child; The ‘Obligatory’ Second Child; The Discretionary Third Child and Fourth Children – Negative Reactions, Practical Issues. Decisions to Have Children in Late 20th and Early 21st Century Australia offers a detailed coverage of a topic with resonances and implications that apply to contemporary cultures all around the world.


Birth intervals Family formation Family planning and formation in Australia Family size expectations Having Children Parenthood

Authors and affiliations

  • Gordon Carmichael
    • 1
  1. 1., Australian Demographic & Social Res InstAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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