Church attendance and childbearing: evidence from a Dutch panel study, 1987-2005.

@article{Berghammer2012ChurchAA,
  title={Church attendance and childbearing: evidence from a Dutch panel study, 1987-2005.},
  author={Caroline Berghammer},
  journal={Population studies},
  year={2012},
  volume={66 2},
  pages={197-212}
}
While researchers have often found that Europeans who report faith-based beliefs or practices have larger families than those who do not, there is a lack of evidence on the reasons for these links. This study investigated whether having a first child affects parents' level of church attendance and whether the frequency of church attendance at different times in life predicts a person's (almost) completed fertility. Drawing on five waves of a large-scale Dutch panel survey, the study used data… CONTINUE READING

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