Changing gender roles and attitudes to family formation in Ireland

By Margret Fine-Davis

Changing gender roles and attitudes to family formation in Ireland

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9696-9
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: July 2016
  • BIC Category: Sociology: family & relationships, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family, Ireland, Sociology: Family & Relationships, Sociology
  • Series: Irish Society


Recent decades have witnessed major changes in gender roles and family patterns, as well as a falling birth rate in Ireland and the rest of Europe. While the traditional family is now being replaced in many cases by new family forms, we do not know the reasons why people are making the choices they are and whether or not these choices are leading to greater well-being. While demographic research has attempted to explain the new trends in family formation and fertility, there has been little research on people's attitudes to family formation and having children. This book presents the results of the first major study to examine people's attitudes to family formation and childbearing in Ireland. Based on a nationwide representative sample of 1,404 men and women in the childbearing age group, the study was carried out against a backdrop of changing gender role attitudes and behaviour as well as significant demographic change.


1. Changing gender roles and family formation: overview of key issues and previous research
2. Method
3. Attitudes to gender roles
4. Family formation: attitudes and behaviour
5. Attitudes to having children and childlessness
6. People's priorities and values
7. Attitudes to social policies relevant to family formation
8. Predictors of family status
9. Predictors of ideal and expected family size
10. The effect of family status on well-being
11. Summary and discussion


Margret Fine-Davis is Senior Research Fellow (Emeritus) in the Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences & Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin, and Director of the Social Attitude & Policy Research Group

Changing gender roles and attitudes to family formation in Ireland

By Margret Fine-Davis

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