Marriage, Birth and Family Life Among Young Adults in Taiwan
Chin-Chun Yi, Academia Sinica
Josef (Kuo-Hsun) Ma, Academia Sinica
Wen-Shan Yang, Academia Sinica
Drawing from intergenerational transmission and cultural norms, we propose that family formation among Taiwanese young adults is affected by family experiences since adolescence and reveals gender differences in accordance with the patriarchal culture. For unmarried young adults, their intention of family formation will be compared with their married counterpart. For married couples, the accompanying spousal surveys allow us to clarify factors significant for family formation as well as for marital satisfaction. In addition, earlier family experiences such as parental educational expectation and parents’ relationship during adolescence are expected to produce varying influences on young adult’s family formation.
To be specific, we suspect that parents with higher educational expectation, less traditional norms and conflicting conjugal relations tend to have negative influence on adult children’s timing of first marriage and first birth. These associations are stronger for daughters than sons, for work-class than middle- and upper-class families. The intersection of gender and class on family formation will be delineated. In conclusion, we discuss the implication of different patterns of family formation in the transition to adulthood in Taiwan.
Presented in Session 1183: Families and Households