De-standardization of family-life trajectories of young adults: A cross-national comparison using sequence analyses

C.H. Elzinga, A.C. Liefbroer

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    Abstract

    We introduce a number of new methods based on sequence analysis to test hypotheses on the de-standardization of family-life trajectories in early adulthood, using Fertility and Family Survey data on 19 countries. Across cohorts, family-life trajectories of young adults have not become more turbulent. However, in most countries family-life trajectories of young adults have become less similar to one another and the variation in the types of family-trajectories has increased. Contrary to expectations, no clear differences in de-standardization were observed between countries characterized by a social-democratic welfare-state regime and countries characterized by either liberal or conservative welfare-state regimes. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)225-250
    Number of pages26
    JournalEuropean Journal of Population
    Volume23
    Issue number3-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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