3 (25) 2015 .

Demography and social economy, 2015, 3(25):64-75
doi: https://doi.org/10.15407/dse2015.03.004

S.Y. Aksyonova
PhD in Economics, Leading scientific worker Ptoukha Institute for Demography and Social Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine 01032, Kyiv, blvd. Taras Shevchenko, 60
E-mail: Svitlana_Aksyonova@yahoo.com

Parity Distribution Trends f Women n the Middle and Late Reproductive Age Groups
Language: Ukrainian
Abstract: In 1990s and during the lowest fertility period in the country (20002002) Ukraine stood out among developed European countries by high share of the first-born and had one of the lowest proportion of infants of higher birth orders (fourth and subsequent). In recent years the distribution of live births by order of birth is gradually approaching the average structure in the EU (28 countries). However, the distribution of live births by order of birth to women in the middle and late reproductive age groups in Ukraine is significantly different from analogical structure in European countries; most likely due to a late start of transformation processes in the fertility towards ageing motherhood in our country. In Ukraine, the distribution of live births by order of birth to women aged 3539 years has a low portion of the first-born, and quite a high proportion of infant of the second order of birth. In the distribution of children by birth order for 3539-year-olds mothers the second parity children are twice as much as first-borns and triply more than third parity. The births of the second order also dominate in the group of women aged 40 and older; this generally confirms that Ukrainian families orientate towards having two children. These facts display the strengthening of the reproductive attitudes towards two-child family model
Key words: fertility; motherhood; motherhood aging; mean age at birth, mean age at birth of the first child, parity structure of fertility.
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