Quotation Billari, Francesco C., Philipov, Dimiter., Testa, Maria Rita. 2009. Attitudes, norms, and perceived behavioural control: explaining fertility intentions in Bulgaria. European Journal of Population 25 (4): S. 439-465.


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In this article, we study fertility decision-making through timing parity-progression intentions. The theoretical framework builds on Ajzen’s social-psychological “Theory of Planned Behavior”: intentions are seen as directly dependent on three components: attitudes, norms and perceived behavioural control. We study the case of Bulgaria, a “lowest-low” fertility country. In 2002, a sample survey containing a specially designed module was conducted. This module included an implementation of our framework, with a special attention to the links between normative pressure and the social network of respondents. Results show that the three components are broadly predictive of fertility intentions. More specifically, attitudes are more relevant than norms for higher parities. Socio-economic, ideational, psychological and social capital-based factors are relevant background determinants.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal European Journal of Population
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Attitudes, norms, and perceived behavioural control: explaining fertility intentions in Bulgaria
Volume 25
Number 4
Year 2009
Page from 439
Page to 465
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10680-009-9187-9

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Testa, Maria Rita (Details)
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Billari, Francesco C. (University of Milan, Italy)
Philipov, Dimiter. (Vienna Institute of Demography, Austria)
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