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Childbearing/ Child Rearing Notes

Reasons for Trends in Childbearing
Fall in the infant mortality rate,
greater availability of reliable and safe contraception,
later marriage,
high cost of raising children,
increase in the number of women in HE and more/ better
employment prospects for women;
changes in women's perception of their…

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The New Right Perspective
Growth of lone parents are due to an overgenerous welfare state
offering perverse incentives for unmarried mothers
Welfare state creates a `dependency culture' in which people
assume state will support them
Never married mothers more likely to be unskilled/ under qualified
­ earning power too low…


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