Spatio-temporal trends of fertility decline in Newfoundland, 1966-1981

Meana, Lourdes (1991) Spatio-temporal trends of fertility decline in Newfoundland, 1966-1981. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Age-specific fertility rates are not available for Newfoundland because the birth registration record does not include the age of the mother. However, age-specific fertility rates can be estimated from the administrative records of the hospital. This study estimates age-specific fertility rates and a number of derivative indexes from hospital records for prescribed areas on the island for the census years 1966 through 1981. The findings of this study reveal a large degree of spatial variation in fertility in 1966. The subsequent fifteen years are a period of extensive decline in fertility as rates converge toward a much lower family size norm. The spatio-temporal patterns of fertility decline reveal that Catholicism has presented a formidable barrier to the adoption of family limitation. The findings also reveal very significant spatial differences in teenage fertility rates and marriage patterns based on religion and the urban-rural distinction.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/6707
Item ID: 6707
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 153-158.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Geography
Date: 1991
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Fertility, Human--Newfoundland and Labrador--History

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