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Childlessness and Social Mobility During the Baby Boom

Citation

Boyd, Robert (1989). Childlessness and Social Mobility During the Baby Boom. Sociological Spectrum, 9(4), 425-38.

Abstract

America's post-war baby boom was an era of high fertility and widespread pronatalism. Supposedly, few couples during this time were childless by choice. However, by using a special census sample, this study shows that voluntary childlessness was relatively common in certain upwardly mobile segments of the population during the baby boom. In particular, the results support the classic Dumont-Banks model of status enhancement and fertility, which states that couples with the greatest disadvantages must make the greatest sacrifices of child-centered behavior. The theoretical implications of the findings are discussed and suggestions for future research proposed.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02732173.1989.9981902

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Sociological Spectrum

Author(s)

Boyd, Robert

Year Published

1989

Volume Number

9

Issue Number

4

Pages

425-38

Reference ID

780