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1 Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Delayed Childbearing and Childlessness in Britain Roona Simpson, CRFR, University of Edinburgh ONS/UPTAP Workshop, University of Southampton, 19 th December 2007

2 Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Total Fertility Rates, UK Source: ONS 2007

3 Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Completed Family Size, Selected Birth Cohorts at age 45 Source: ONS Birth Statistics, Series FM1 33

4 Centre for Research on Families and Relationships

5 Data: British Birth Cohort Studies National Child Development Study (NCDS) All those living in GB born in one week in March 1958 (17,415 individuals, over 10,000 still participating) British Cohort Study (BCS70) All those living in GB born in one week in April 1970 (16,571 individuals, over 10,000 still participating) Centre for Longitudinal Studies

6 Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Chart 1: Childlessness at 29 by Cohort and Sex (%)

7 Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Chart 2: Childlessness at 29 by Social Class Background (%)

8 Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Chart 3: Childlessness in Early Thirties by Educational Attainment (%)

9 Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Current Economic Activity by Parental Status 1958 Cohort: Significant differences amongst women by parental status: Majority of childless women (82%) FT employment, compared with 22% of mothers. Men - a slightly higher proportion of fathers (90% compared with 88%) working full-time Cohort: Very little change over time. 80% of childless women FT employment, compared with 22% of mothers. Men - 88% of fathers and childless men FT. Childless women from both cohorts are less likely than fathers of the same age to be working full-time, and more likely to be categorised as either working part-time or looking after home and family (over 12%) than fathers (less than 3% in both cohorts).

10 Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Changing patterns of Family Formation Decline/delay in marriage: The proportion of men who remain never- married in their early thirties increased from a fifth (21%) of those born in 1958 to 57% born in The respective figures for women were 14% to 44%.

11 Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Postponement in Partnership MALEFEMALE NCDS age 33 (N=11405) BCS age 30/34 (N= 11924)

12 Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Chart 4a: Childlessness by Partnership Status amongst Women, 1958 Cohort

13 Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Chart 4b: Childlessness by Partnership Status amongst Men, 1958 Cohort

14 Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Chart 5a: Childlessness by Partnership Status amongst Women, 1970 Cohort

15 Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Chart 5b: Childlessness by Partnership Status amongst Men, 1970 Cohort

16 Centre for Research on Families and Relationships References Berrington, A. (2003) Change and Continuity in Family Formation among Young Adults in Britain, SSRC Working Paper A03/04, University of Southampton. Ferri, E., Bynner, J. and Wadsworth, M. (eds.) Changing Britain, Changing Lives: Three Generations At The Turn Of The Century, London : Institute of Education, University of London Makepeace, G. Dolton, P., Woods, L., Joshi, H, and Galinda-Rueda, F. (2003) ‘From School to the Labour Market’, in Ferri, E., Bynner, J. and Wadsworth, M. (eds.) Changing Britain, Changing Live, London: Institute of Education


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