Employing a novel latent attitude profile approach, as developed by Moors (Eur J Popul 24:33–57, 2008), within the theory of planned behavior, this paper models the association between attitudes and the transition to parenthood. We use survey data from the Young Adult Panel Study (1999) and linked prospective population register data (1999–2009) to investigate the family attitudes and fertility timing of a sample of three birth cohorts in Sweden, a country at the leading edge of family change in Europe. We generate latent attitude profiles of men and women based on attitudes related to the Value of Children, the Second Demographic Transition, and Competing Alternatives. We then show that compared with Children- and Partnership-Oriented individuals, the Partnership-Oriented and Non-Family-Oriented were less likely to transition to parenthood. We found greater diversity in fertility behavior by latent attitude profiles than previous work, suggesting that more attention should be given to the role of attitude profiles in determining modern-day fertility intentions and behavior.

Administrative register data, Attitudes, Fertility, Latent class analysis, Sweden, Transition to parenthood
dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10680-014-9333-x, hdl.handle.net/1765/82711
European Journal of Population
Centre for Rotterdam Cultural Sociology (CROCUS)

Holland, J.A, & Keizer, R. (2015). Family Attitudes and Fertility Timing in Sweden. European Journal of Population, 31(3), 259–285. doi:10.1007/s10680-014-9333-x