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Understanding Social Change$
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Anthony F. Heath, John Ermisch, and Duncan Gallie

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263143

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263143.001.0001

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The Puzzling Rise in Childbearing Outside Marriage

The Puzzling Rise in Childbearing Outside Marriage

(p.22) (p.23) 2. The Puzzling Rise in Childbearing Outside Marriage
Understanding Social Change

John Ermisch

British Academy

This chapter analyses the rise of incidence in childbearing outside marriage. In the last quarter of the twentieth century, the percentage of births outside marriage rose from 9% in 1975 to 40% in 2000. This chapter shows that the major factor accounting for this change is the dramatic rise of cohabitation among young people. It then analyses why there has been widespread substitution of cohabiting unions for direct marriage in Britain. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the implications for changes in family life.

Keywords:   childbearing, marriage, cohabitation, cohabiting unions, family life

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