Details

Title

Factors affecting decisions to have a second child: exploiting the theory of planned behaviour

Journal title

Polish Psychological Bulletin

Yearbook

2016

Numer

No 4

Publication authors

Keywords

General Psychology

Divisions of PAS

Nauki Humanistyczne i Społeczne

Abstract

<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>The objective of this study is to explore factors that affect the decisions single-child parents make when considering whether to have a second child applying the psychological theory of planned behaviour (TPB). Quantitative survey data from a sample of parents with a single child selected from a Slovak representative sample was used to perform regression analysis assessing effects of attitudes, subjective norms and perceived control on intention to have a second child within the next three years. Results largely confirm the model captured in TPB. All three components of the TPB have a significant effect on intentions to have a second child. A particular set of liberal and conservative attitudes facilitate plans to have a second child. The strongest predictors, however, are the perceived pressure from the social environment (subjective norm) and subjective desire to have a child (perceived control). The study concludes that, along with demographic and sociological variables, psychological factors play a significant role in decision-making processes concerning reproductive planning.</jats:p>

Publisher

Committee for Psychological Science PAS

Date

2016

Identifier

ISSN 0079-2993

DOI

10.1515/ppb-2016-0049

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