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Age differences in marriage are examined using data from the Marriage and Divorce Statistics, Series FM2, 1966-87, in England and Wales. Specifically, there is a description of differentials in the spousal age gap by sex and marital status of the partner, trends in the age differences between spouses, the components of change in age differences, i.e.,(More)
In the last 100 years the mean age difference at marriage in England and Wales has fluctuated in the range 2-3 years, but without exhibiting any long-run trend. Nevertheless, an age gap of 2-3 years is not typical. A 1-year gap is the most common in recent years and there is a good deal of variation between couples. Marriage partners are closer in age than(More)
Patients receiving diagnoses of 'psychotic' and 'neurotic' depression do not differ significantly in their pre-morbid experience of life events and difficulties of aetiological significance. Some aetiological differences emerge when the two groups are subdivided into their more and less extreme halves along a distribution of discriminant function scores,(More)
The very low fertility experienced in several European countries in recent decades in the presence of higher intended family sizes has renewed interest in fertility intentions data. While the overall level of childbearing in Britain over the past few decades has remained relatively stable and high in comparison with many other European countries, we have(More)
We have calculated two new sets of weights applicable to the General Household Survey (GHS) from 1979 to 2007. One of these is for use with any general analysis of GHS topics and the second is designed for analyses of data collected in the Family Information section. The methods used follow closely those employed by ONS from 1996 onwards. The performance of(More)
The article presents an overview of trends in cohabitation and marriage in Britain over several decades, using a consistent set of retrospective histories from the General Household Survey 1979-2007. Time-trends are presented, for men and women, of: the experience of different types of partnership by specified ages, the frequency of premarital cohabitation,(More)
It has been suggested that work-motivated women may shorten their birth intervals to allow a faster return to the workforce. This paper: 1) considers the circumstances under which such contraction would be expected; 2) argues that British conditions in the 1940s to 1970s were favorable to the adoption of this strategy, among others; 3) discusses some(More)
This study used data from a variety of sources to examine the influence of women's employment on fertility trends in postwar Britain. It was hypothesized that current work exerts a negative, decelerating influence on fertility while prospective employment exerts a positive, accelerating influence. National Survey of Health and Development data (1946 birth(More)