Tie strength and family formation: Which personal relationships are influential?

TitleTie strength and family formation: Which personal relationships are influential?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsKeim, S, Klärner, A, Bernardi, L
JournalPersonal Relationships
Volume20
Number3
Pagination462-478
Date Publishedsep
Keywordsfamily social influence, fertility, social networks
Abstract

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.

URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-6811.2012.01418.x/abstract
DOI10.1111/j.1475-6811.2012.01418.x
Citation Key1181
Refereed DesignationRefereed