Changing gender roles and attitudes to family formation in Ireland

By (author) Margret Fine-Davis

Hardback - £80.00

Publication date:

08 July 2016

Length of book:

240 pages

Publisher

Manchester University Press

Dimensions:

234x156mm

ISBN-13: 9780719096969

Recent decades have witnessed major changes in gender roles and family patterns, as well as a falling birth rate in Ireland and the rest of Europe. While the traditional family is now being replaced in many cases by new family forms, we do not know the reasons why people are making the choices they are and whether or not these choices are leading to greater well-being. While demographic research has attempted to explain the new trends in family formation and fertility, there has been little research on people's attitudes to family formation and having children. This book presents the results of the first major study to examine people's attitudes to family formation and childbearing in Ireland. Based on a nationwide representative sample of 1,404 men and women in the childbearing age group, the study was carried out against a backdrop of changing gender role attitudes and behaviour as well as significant demographic change.