Singapore's Falling Fertility: Exploring the Influence of the Work-Family Interface
Fertility rates, Family size, Child care, Women, Family planning, School age children, Fertility, Ideal numbers, Desire, Workplaces
Since the 1950s, Singapore has experienced a precipitous fertility decline. While studies have addressed this decline, none has explored the influence of the work-family interface. Using a nationally representative sample of 706 Singaporeans, we explored work and family variables associated with actual and desired family size. Results showed Singaporeans tend not to achieve their ideal family size; financial constraint is the most common reason for not having more children. While education and income are positively related to childless individuals' desires for children, those with more children generally report lower education and income. Workplace flexibility was the top concern among Singaporeans, although it was not significantly related to family size or childbearing intentions. Potential explanations and directions for research are discussed
Original Publication Citation
Call, L. L., Sheffield, R., Trail, E., Yoshida, K., & Hill, E. J. (2008). Singapore’s falling fertility: Exploring the influence of the work-family interface. International Journal of Sociology and the Family, 34(1), 91-113.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Sheffield, Rachel; Yoshida, Keitaro; Hill, E. Jeffrey; Call, Lindsay Larson; and Trail, Elisabeth, "Singapore's Falling Fertility: Exploring the Influence of the Work-Family Interface" (2008). All Faculty Publications. 2281.
Journal of Sociology of the Family
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
International Journal of Sociology of the Family © 2008 International Journals