Childbearing outside Marriage in Romania

Mihaela Hărăguş, Babes-Bolyai University

More than one quarter of all births registered annually in Romania are non-marital and we investigate this phenomenon to see whether this behaviour is post-modern or is an expression of socio-economic disadvantages. We conduct our analysis on the retrospective data of the Generations and Gender Survey (2005). We investigate the effect of different factors on the risk of childbearing in a context different than marriage: characteristics of parental home and the family environment where the woman grew up (urban/rural, residence with both parents, number of siblings, mother’s education), as well as the effect of personal characteristics (education level). We differentiate and approach separately births of single mothers (those not being in a co-residential relationship at the moment of birth) and births in consensual unions, comparing them with marital births. Results show that childbearing outside marriage in Romania is rather associated with socio-economic disadvantages and a low level of education.

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Presented in Poster Session 2