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Scotland's Populations from the 1850s to Today$
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Michael Anderson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198805830

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198805830.001.0001

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The First Scottish Fertility Decline

The First Scottish Fertility Decline

(p.269) 14 The First Scottish Fertility Decline
Scotland's Populations from the 1850s to Today

Michael Anderson

Corinne Roughley

Oxford University Press

The marked variations in the distribution of family sizes over time are further explored, as also are the major variations between women married to fathers in different occupations. The significance of very small families in fertility constraint is explored. The role in Scotland of possible methods of family limitation at different dates is examined, in the context of ongoing historical debates about when, if ever, most couples began consciously to ‘plan’ the size of their families, and at what point in their marriages they may have done so. In the same context, Scottish evidence is reviewed on the possible reasons for the timing of the onset of fertility decline and its spread through to the 1930s.

Keywords:   Family sizes, family planning, family economy, financial insecurity, attitudes to sex, lifestyles

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