Brave Enough for Parenthood? – on the Influence of Parenting Ideals on Fertility
Kerstin Ruckdeschel, Federal Institute for Population Research
We investigate these research questions for Germany using data of the Family-Leitbild-Panelsurvey 2012 and 2016 which includes questions on norms of parenting. The panel structure of the data allows for fixed-effects-models. First results show that there are several norm complexes in regard to parenting. We find the complex of priority of children’s needs, responsibility for well-informed education and responsibility for financial security. We further find a responsibility for active parenting and a complex which is best described as overstress by parenting demands. We find a negative influence of too high expectations concerning well-informed education and children’s needs priority especially on first births while this influence lessens with each child already born. The impact of responsibility for financial security on the other hand stays.