The aim of this study is to develop our understanding of how different circumstances and uncertainties in the present impact on how people see their futures. In-depth interviews with young men and women aged 30-35 in Italy, Spain and the UK will document their views of their possible futures, including quality of life, partnership and childbearing. The research participants are men and women without children or with one child in established couple relationships, who need not be but may be living together. The focus is on established couples aged 30-35 because they are likely to have already given consideration to future parenting and their views and experiences are likely to provide insight into the timing of a child and childlessness.
Research participants are selected to ensure inclusion of both those in secure employment and those who are either unemployed or in insecure employment. In each country, the starting point for recruitment is two localities with contrasting regional trends in rates of fertility and economic performance. The study is part of a bigger programme of work looking at fertility change in the context of economic recession, especially the timing and circumstances of having and not having children.
Contact: Adele Lebano