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    • Nature/ characteristics of information presented
      • Text 4 is a  media source from the Daily Mail.
      • Text 4 is a secondary source showing quantitative data
      • The statistics came from the ONS
    • Definition
      • A mother who has a child later on in life.
    • Potential support which could be offered by government/ charities/ independent orgainsations
      • Netmums online support-older mothers can post questions anonymously and get advice from other mothers.
      • Government- parent/s eligible for free childcare of 3-4 year olds for 15 hours per week.
    • Trends/ patterns/ key features shown by data
      • The number of older mothers is increasing
      • This data is from 2011.
      • Text 4 is invalid as it came from a media source.
    • Explanations for the trends
      • Women are having children later on in life due to the changes in the position of women
        • Women are putting their career first rather than starting a family. Once settled into their career they are settling down with a family.
      • Decline in stigma and secularisation
        • It is now accepted for a woman to not be married and have a child later on in life
      • Decline in interest in marriage
        • There has been a general decrease in the interest of getting married and starting a family
    • Potential research method questions
      • Sample: snowball
      • Questionnaire are more reliable, easy to repeat. But could be hard to gain access.
      • Interview- more valid create a rapport. Could be time consuming
    • Potential advantages and disadvantage
      • Advantage: The child brought up in stable home as mother has settled into good career
      • Disadvantage this is adding to the baby boom and reducing the number of primary school places

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