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Partnership and fertility – a Revolution? Fertility and Family Surveys Flagship Conference

This conference was organized by the Population Activities Unit (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva, Switzerland) together with the Population and Family Study Centre (Centrum voor Bevolkings- en Gezinstudie, Brussels, Belgium) as an end-of-project conference of the Fertility and Family Surveys project. The conference was organized under the auspices of EAPS. In the 1990s the FFS was conducted in more than 20 ECE member countries in order to investigate the major shifts in partnership and reproductive behaviour patterns. These shifts took place in the past three decades in much of Europe, North America and Australia/New Zealand, leading to coexistence of various family forms, some of which are quite novel. As far as Europe is concerned, the shifts in behaviour, a multifaceted development par excellence, can be described, in the simplest of terms, as a trend that began in Northern and Western countries in the middle of the 1960s, subsequently spread to the south, and then, more recently, to central and eastern European countries.

The Population Activities Unit has coordinated this enormous project in order to gain a comparable dataset for each of the countries conducting their own fieldwork. The outcomes of the project were discussed in several sessions: 1) partnership behaviour, 2) fertility behaviour, 3) partnership and fertility behaviour as interdependent processes, 4) new approaches and methodological innovations in the study of partnership and fertility behaviour, 5) research and policy agenda for the future.

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Sunday, May 28, 2000 to Tuesday, May 30, 2000
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