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    Fertility and Family

    Overview

    Over the past several decades, childbearing within cohabitation has risen sharply throughout most of Europe, Australia, and the U.S. This project aims to study the diffusion of childbearing within cohabitation using a number of analytic levels and methodological perspectives. The following questions are being explored:

    1) Trends: How does fertility differ by union status, and how do these differences change over time? Are there differences by parity, age pattern, or timing? How does the decline in marital fertility contribute to the increase in share of nonmarital births?

    2) Explanations: What are the underlying reasons for increasing childbearing within cohabitation? What has produced variation across countries? How do policies impact and/or respond to childbearing within cohabitation? How do societal-level perceptions of cohabitation, marriage, and childbearing differ across countries?

    3) Lifecourse trajectories: How do the lifecourse trajectories for women who bear children differ by union status? Are women who give birth within cohabitation more likely to experience changes in family structure? Is childbearing within cohabitation associated with future negative social, emotional, or economic outcomes?

    To answer these questions, an innovative mixed-methods strategy is used that 1) analyzes a unique database of harmonized reproductive and union histories, 2) conducts qualitative research into the role of policies and general perspectives on nonmarital childbearing, and 3) examines the Generations and Gender Surveys in comparative perspective. Ultimately, the project aims to develop a new theoretical framework for understanding the diffusion of family change. This research will provide insights into whether lifecourse trajectories are diverging, potentially exacerbating social inequality.

    Outputs & Activities

    Is Marriage best for health, wealth, and well-being?
    Department of Quantitative Social Science (2017). (University City London)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B,

    The Consequences of Partnered Childbearing for Mothers' Mid-Life Health
    Population Association of America, Washington D.C., 2016 (2016). (Marriott Wardman Park, Washington D.C.)
    Authors: Sassler S, Addo F, Lappegård T, Perelli-Harris B, Evans A, Styrc M,

    Cohabitation and gender: Is freedom masculine and commitment feminine?
    EPC 2016 (2016). (Mainz, Germany)
    Authors: Mynarska M, Berrington A, Evans A, Isupova O, Keizer R, Klaerner A, Lappegård T, Perelli-Harris B, Schmidt E, Vignoli D,

    Unpartnered at first birth: Mid-Life physical and mental health for women in cross-national comparison
    SLLS 2015 Conference "Life Courses in Cross-National Comparison: Similarities and Differences" (2015). (Dublin, Ireland)
    Authors: Addo F, Sassler S, Evans A, Lappegård T, Perelli-Harris B, Styrc M,

    Consequences of childbearing within cohabitation for parents' mid-life health
    SLLS 2015 Conference "Life Courses in Cross-National Comparison: Similarities and Differences" (2015). (Dublin, Ireland)
    Authors: Lappegård T, Addo F, Evans A, Perelli-Harris B, Sassler S, Styrc M,

    Perelli-Harris B, (2015) Partnership Formation and Dissolution in Western Societies in International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition
    Elsevier, 545-552.

    The link between partnership and mental well-being: When cohabitation is common, does marriage still matter?
    SLLS 2015 Conference "Life Courses in Cross-National Comparison: Similarities and Differences" (2015). (Dublin, Ireland)
    Authors: Styrc M, Perelli-Harris B,

    Cross-national variation in repartnering across Europe and in the US: The role of individual demographic characteristics
    International Seminar on Union Breakdown and Repartnering Around the World (2015). (Centre Urbanisation Culture Societe, Montreal, Canada)
    Authors: Galezewska P, Perelli-Harris B, Berrington A,

    The link between the divorce revolution and the cohabitation boom
    International Seminar on Union Breakdown and Repartnering Around the World (2015). (Centre Urbanisation Culture Societe, Montreal, Canada)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B, Galezewska P, Berrington A, Sanchez-Gassen N, Holland J,

    Comparing the consequences of cohabitation and marriage in mid-life: are the effects similar across countries?
    SLLS 2015 Conference "Life Courses in Cross-National Comparison: Similarities and Differences" (2015). (Dublin, Ireland)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B, Evans A, Addo F, Lappegård T, Sassler S, Styrc M,

    Educational differences in early childbearing: A cross-national comparative study
    Demographic Research (2015). 33 (3) 65-92
    Authors: Raymo J, Carlson M, Van-Orman A, Lim S, Perelli-Harris B, Iwasawa M,

    The link between the divorce revolution and the cohabitation boom
    British Society for Population Studies Conference 2014 (2014). (Winchester)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B, Berrington A, Galezewska P, Holland J, Sanchez-Gassen N,

    And yet they stabilise! The effect of children on marital stability
    European Population Conference 2014 (2014). (Budapest, Hungary)
    Authors: Styrc M,

    The link between the divorce revolution and the cohabitation boom
    Family Dynamics, fertility choices, and family policy (2014). (Oslo, Norway)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B, Berrington A, Galezewska P, Holland J, Sanchez-Gassen N,

    Cross-national variation in repartnering across Europe and in the US: The role of age patterns of first union formation and dissolution and childbearing
    European Population Conference 2014 (2014). (Budapest, Hungary)
    Authors: Galezewska P, Perelli-Harris B, Berrington A,

    Towards a deeper understanding of cohabitation: Insights from focus group research across Europe and Australia.
    Demographic Research (2014). 31 1043-1078
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B, Mynarska M, Berrington A, Evans A, Berghammer C, Isupova O, Keizer R, Klaerner A, Lappegård T, Vignoli D,

    Universal or Unique? Understanding union formation across Europe and Australia
    Rhodes Symposium (2014). (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B,

    Understanding diversity in partnership formation across Europe: Trends, explanations, and consequences
    Institute for Social and Economic Research Seminar (2014). (University of Essex)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B,

    Do relationships make you happy? Investigating union formation and positive mental health in Great Britain
    Family Dynamics, fertility choices, and family policy (2014). (Oslo, Norway)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B, Styrc M,

    Pathways to First Birth and the Changing Role of Education in Europe and the United States
    Population Association of America Meeting 2014 (2014). (Boston, MA)
    Authors: Mikolai J, Perelli-Harris B, Berrington A,

    To Cohabit or to Marry? Insights from Focus Group Research across Europe and Australia
    Population Association of America Meeting 2014 (2014). (Boston, MA)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B, Mynarska M, Berrington A, Evans A, Fliegenschnee K, Isupova O, Keizer R, Klaerner A, Lappegård T, Vignoli D,

    Universal or unique ? Understanding diversity in family formation across Europe and the United States
    Centre d'Estudis Demografics 30th Anniversary Lecture Series (2014). (Centre d'Estudis Demografics, Barcelona)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B,

    Variation in the Intersection between Partnership and Fertility: A Comparison across Three Cohorts in 16 Countries
    Population Association of America Meeting 2014 (2014). (Boston, MA)
    Authors: Lyons-Amos M, Perelli-Harris B,

    The association between individual and national-level characteristics in fertility and partnership
    BSPS 2013 (2013). (University of Swansea)
    Authors: Lyons-Amos M,

    The role of partnership context in continuing childbearing after union dissolution in cross-national comparison
    Changing families and fertility choices (2013). (Oslo, Norway)
    Authors: Galezewska P,

    To cohabit or to marry? Insights from focus group research in 9 countries in Europe and Australia
    IUSSP 2013 (2013). (Busan, Korea)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B, Vignoli D, Berrington A, Isupova O, Evans A, Lappegård T, Mynarska M, Klaerner A, Fliegenschnee K, Keizer R,

    Variation in the intersection between partnership and fertility: A comparison across 3 cohorts in 16 countries
    BSPS 2013 (2013). (University of Swansea)
    Authors: Lyons-Amos M, Perelli-Harris B,

    Do the statistics demand a response? Cohabiting families in Europe and their protection by family law
    BSPS 2013 (2013). (University of Swansea)
    Authors: Sanchez-Gassen N, Perelli-Harris B,

    Universal or unique? Understanding diversity in family behaviour in Europe and the US
    Low Fertility and Low Mortality: Observable Reality and Visions of the Future (2013). (State University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B,

    Variation in the intersection between partnership and fertility: A comparison across 3 cohorts in 16 countries
    SLLS 2013 (2013). (Amsterdam)
    Authors: Lyons-Amos M, Perelli-Harris B,

    The Relationship between Education and Patterns of Union Formation in the United States and across Europe
    Population Association of America 2013 Annual Meeting (2013). (New Orleans)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B, Lyons-Amos M,

    Keynote: How similar are cohabitation and marriage? Trends, policies, and discourses from around Europe
    Changing families and fertility choices (2013). (Oslo, Norway)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B,

    Why marry? Understanding union formation across Europe and Australia
    2nd Conference of the Rostocker Ring (2013). (MPIDR, Rostock, Germany)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B,

    Variation in the intersection between partnership and fertility: A comparison across 3 cohorts in 16 countries
    Changing families and fertility choices (2013). (Oslo, Norway)
    Authors: Lyons-Amos M, Perelli-Harris B,

    Variation in the intersection between partnership and fertility: A comparison across 3 cohorts in 16 countries
    IUSSP 2013 (2013). (Busan Korea)
    Authors: Lyons-Amos M, Perelli-Harris B,

    Reciprocal behaviour in partnership and fertility: new mechanisms for family formation in Europe and the United States
    IUSSP 2013 (2013). (Busan Korea)
    Authors: Lyons-Amos M,

    Poster: Repartnering patterns in contemporary Europe and the United States
    Life-Course Transitions after Separation: Stepfamilies, Lone and Non-residential Parenthood (2013).
    Authors: Galezewska P, Perelli-Harris B, Berrington A,

    Repartnering after divorce and separation in Europe and the United States
    Divorce Conference 2013 (2013). (University of Oxford)
    Authors: Galezewska P, Perelli-Harris B, Berrington A,

    The changing dynamics of repartnering in contemporary Europe
    New Family Forms Following Family Dissolution: Consequences in/on Postmodern Society (2012). (Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Seminar, Leuven)
    Authors: Galezewska P, Perelli-Harris B, Berrington A,

    Family formation via mutual reciprocity between fertility and marriage: A cross-European comparison
    British Society for Population Studies Conference 2012 (2012). (University of Nottingham)
    Authors: Lyons-Amos M, Perelli-Harris B,

    How similar are cohabitation and marriage? Second conception risks by union type in the United States and across Europe
    Population Association of America (2012). (San Francisco, USA)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B,

    Revisiting the second demographic transition across Europe and the United States: examining patterns of new family behaviors by education
    European Population Conference (2012). (Stockholm, Sweden)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B, Neels K,

    The heterogeneity of relationship patterns within and across countries: an examination of the United States and 14 countries in Europe
    Seminar on First Union Patterns (2012). (Madrid, Spain)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B, Lyons-Amos M,

    Changes in union status during the transition to parenthood in eleven European countries, 1970s to early 2000s
    Population Studies (2012). 66 (2)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B, Kreyenfeld M, Sigle-Rushton S, Keizer R, Lappegård T, Jasilioniene A, Berghammer C, Di-Giulio P,

    The heterogeneity of relationship patterns within and across countries: an examination of the United States and 14 countries in Europe
    The British Society of Population Studies Conference 2012 (2012). (University of Nottingham)
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B, Lyons-Amos M,

    An Examination of State Policies, Cohabitation, and Childbearing within Cohabitation across Western Europe
    Annual Meeting of Population Association of America (2011). (Washington)
    Authors: Sanchez-Gassen N, Perelli-Harris B,

    The Rise of Non-Marital Fertility across European Regions since 1960: State Policies, Political Borders and Natural Experiments
    British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) Conference 2011 (2011). (York)
    Authors: Klüsener S, Perelli-Harris B, Sanchez-Gassen N,

    Media

    Living Together Without Getting Married Population Europe website. 2016
    Brienna Perelli-Harris and Nora Sanchez-Gassen article online on Population Europe, "Living Together Without Getting Married"

    Badly educated men in rich countries have not adapted well to trade; technology or feminism The Economist. 2015
    Article on the Economist citing Brienna-Perelli's research "Badly educated men in rich countries have not adapted well to trade, technology or feminism"

    Cohabiting couples have fewer rights in English law than they might inagine
    Article in (ESRC) Britain in 2015 Magazine, "Cohabiting couples have fewer rights in English law than they might inagine" by Brienna Perelli-Harris.

    Cohabiting Couples and their Rights
    Opinion piece "Cohabiting Couples and their Rights" written by Brienna Perelli-Harris published in the ESRC Britain in 2015 magazine.

    The Myths of History Vimeo.com. 2013
    Video of Brienna Perelli-Harris' talk "The Myths of History" posted by the Marriage Foundation on vimeo.com