By adopting a dyadic extension of the Theory of Planned Behavior (Ajzen, 1991), this study examines whether perceived economic uncertainty affects fertility intentions. 331 heterosexual couples living in Italy participated in a randomized between-group experimental study, in which we manipulated perceived economic uncertainty (low vs. high vs. control). The participants subsequently completed a questionnaire measuring their attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, and fertility intentions. We employed Structural Equation Modelling in estimating the Actor–Partner Interdependence Model. The model showed a good fit to the data. Women’s attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control were influenced by the high economic uncertain scenario, whereas among men these variables were affected only by the positive economic scenario. Attitudes and perceived behavioral control were significant predictors of fertility intentions for both sexes. Significant partner effects were observed as well. These findings suggest that fertility plans should be examined by adopting a dyadic perspective, as individuals’ intentions are affected not only by their own beliefs, but also by those of their partners.

Perceived Economic Uncertainty and Fertility Intentions in Couples: A Dyadic Extension of The Theory of Planned Behavior / Matera, Camilla; Dommermuth, Lars; Bacci, Silvia; Bertaccini, Bruno; Minello, Alessandra; Vignoli, Daniele. - In: JOURNAL OF FAMILY AND ECONOMIC ISSUES. - ISSN 1058-0476. - STAMPA. - (2022), pp. 1-17. [10.1007/s10834-022-09872-x]

Perceived Economic Uncertainty and Fertility Intentions in Couples: A Dyadic Extension of The Theory of Planned Behavior

Matera, Camilla;Bacci, Silvia;Bertaccini, Bruno;Minello, Alessandra;Vignoli, Daniele
2022

Abstract

By adopting a dyadic extension of the Theory of Planned Behavior (Ajzen, 1991), this study examines whether perceived economic uncertainty affects fertility intentions. 331 heterosexual couples living in Italy participated in a randomized between-group experimental study, in which we manipulated perceived economic uncertainty (low vs. high vs. control). The participants subsequently completed a questionnaire measuring their attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, and fertility intentions. We employed Structural Equation Modelling in estimating the Actor–Partner Interdependence Model. The model showed a good fit to the data. Women’s attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control were influenced by the high economic uncertain scenario, whereas among men these variables were affected only by the positive economic scenario. Attitudes and perceived behavioral control were significant predictors of fertility intentions for both sexes. Significant partner effects were observed as well. These findings suggest that fertility plans should be examined by adopting a dyadic perspective, as individuals’ intentions are affected not only by their own beliefs, but also by those of their partners.
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Matera, Camilla; Dommermuth, Lars; Bacci, Silvia; Bertaccini, Bruno; Minello, Alessandra; Vignoli, Daniele
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