Transitions to Adulthood in Europe

  • Martine Corijn
  • Erik Klijzing

Part of the European Studies of Population book series (ESPO, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Transition to Adulthood: Sociodemographic Factors

  3. Transition to Adulthood: Developmental Factors

  4. Country-specific contributions

    1. Christiane Pfeiffer, Vera Nowak
      Pages 43-65
    2. Ann Berrington
      Pages 67-102
    3. Martine Corijn
      Pages 103-130
    4. Martine Corijn
      Pages 131-151
    5. Gert Hullen
      Pages 153-172
    6. Fausta Ongaro
      Pages 173-208
    7. Miranda Jansen, Aart C. Liefbroer
      Pages 209-232
    8. Turid Noack
      Pages 233-255
    9. Irena Kowalska, Wiktoria Wróblewska
      Pages 257-277
    10. Pau Baizan
      Pages 279-312
  5. Conclusions and discussion

    1. Martine Corijn, Erik Klijzing
      Pages 313-340
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 341-341

About this book


The diversification in family practices constitutes a major theme of research in the field of population studies. A substantial part of these diversification processes are linked to the stage of family formation. The increase in non-marital cohabitation and non-marital fertility and the postponement of marriage and parenthood have particularly characterised the transition from youth to adulthood among the post-war cohorts. In studying the transition from youth to adulthood, the timing of events is crucial. Different timing patterns are the product of the interplay between a multitude of factors in the institutional as well as the personal context. In this respect, cross-country comparative research is a powerful tool to understand the determinants of the change processes. To move beyond the mere description of the changes is a challenge that not only is eminently scientific, it also gives the necessary insights to grasp the implications of the changes for policy. From this policy perspective, the postponement of the integration into adulthood has major societal consequences, such as the very low fertility and the fact that the family formation itself became a matter of choice. Over the years, the Population and Family Studies Centre (CBGS), a scientific institute of the Flemish Community, has intensively investigated these changes constituting the Second Demographic Transition, not only through national but through cross-national comparative research.


Demographic transition Nation fertility population transition

Editors and affiliations

  • Martine Corijn
    • 1
  • Erik Klijzing
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Population and Family StudiesBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.University of BielefeldGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5701-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9717-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1381-3579
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