Tie strength and family formation: Which personal relationships are influential?
|Title||Tie strength and family formation: Which personal relationships are influential?|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Authors||Keim, S, Klärner, A, Bernardi, L|
|Keywords||family social influence, fertility, social networks|
On the basis of the analysis of qualitative interviews in Western Germany, it has been argued that personal relationships have a strong impact on individuals' family formation processes and childbearing intentions. Persons who influence individuals' childbearing choices were identified. Strong ties, such as among core family members (i.e., parents and siblings), are an important contributing factor, but the authors are also able to show that weak ties, such as those among colleagues and acquaintances, need to be considered when examining social influence on family formation processes. Apart from single network partners, influential groups of persons have been identified. Such groups serve as a comparative standard regarding the timing of having one's first child and subsequent children.