3 (28) 2016

Demography and social economy, 2016, 3(28):23-33
doi: https://doi.org/10.15407/dse2016.03.023

S.Y. Aksyonova
PhD (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

Language: Ukrainian
Abstract: In Ukraine the characteristics of fathers at birth, in particular their age, are the least studied in the socio-demographic context. At the same time, in our country for quite a long time, the statistics service developed statistic form of the distribution of newborns by age of mother and father. Although this statistic information requires significant deepening and improving, it can be involved in the analysis of fertility. Improving statistic data about fathers age at birth will make them valuable tools for demographic research and allow better understanding of the processes and trends in the field of fertility. The fathers mean age at childbirth in Ukraine is lower than in most developed European countries, but the growth rate of mean age at childbirth is more. Fertility rates by age of father in Ukraine differ significantly from such rates in European countries. In Ukraine, men aged 2529 years are the most childbearing active group, while in most European countries, the highest fertility rates belong to men aged 3034 years. Given the prevalence trends of raise of fathers mean age at childbirth and medical evidence of undesirable impact of the trend for parenthood at an older age on children health, the research relevance of age characteristics of parents will grow.
Key words: fertility, fatherhood, fatherhood aging, fathers mean age at birth, fathers mean age at birth of the first child.
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