Women have a stronger say in couples’ decisions to have a child


  • Ann-Zophie Duvander Stockholm University
  • Maria Brandén Stockholm University; Linköping University
  • Susanne Fahlén ISF
  • Sofi Ohlsson-Wijk Stockholm University


childbearing intentions, gender equality, couple decisionmaking


Sweden stands out as a forerunner in the development of gender equality and family dynamics. To deepen the knowledge on power distribution and gender dynamics of couple relations, we investigate how women and men’s childbearing intentions influence actual childbearing behavior. The Young Adult Panel Study (YAPS) has information on both partners’ childbearing intentions in 2009, which we follow for five years with register data on childbearing. The results indicate that women’s childbearing intentions are more important than men’s intentions in determining actual childbirths.



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Duvander, A.-Z., Brandén, M., Fahlén, S. och Ohlsson-Wijk, S. (2017) ”Women have a stronger say in couples’ decisions to have a child”, Sociologisk Forskning, 54(4), s. 307–312. Tillgänglig vid: https://sociologiskforskning.se/sf/article/view/18227 (åtkomstdatum: 6 december 2021).