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Changing Gender Roles and Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland$
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Margret Fine-Davis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719096969

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719096969.001.0001

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Predictors of family status

Predictors of family status

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(p.138) 8 Predictors of family status
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Changing Gender Roles and Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland
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Margret Fine-Davis

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719096969.003.0008

Throughout the study we compared single people with cohabiting and married people and saw that they differed on a range of variables from attitudes to gender roles and family formation, to social policy. However, this did not tell us which variables or characteristics were most important in determining someone’s family status, i.e. if someone were single or in a cohabiting or marital relationship. In order to tease this out we examined a range of variables together to see which ones best predicted family status. These included attitudes to gender roles, to family formation and to having children; people’s values and priorities, including the importance of having a job, children, freedom and independence, etc., as well as characteristics such as autonomy and religiosity. Using stepwise multiple regression, we examined which variables optimally predicted whether one was single, cohabiting or married. Separate comparative analyses were carried out for men and women.

Keywords:   Predictors of family status, Predictors of being single, Predictors of cohabiting, Predictors of being married, Gender differences in predictors of family status

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