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Residence Exposure and Fertility Expectations of Young Mormon and Non-Mormon Women in Utah

Michael B. Toney, Banu Golesorkhi and William F. Stinner
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 47, No. 2 (May, 1985), pp. 459-465
DOI: 10.2307/352144
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352144
Page Count: 7
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Residence Exposure and Fertility Expectations of Young Mormon and Non-Mormon Women in Utah
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Abstract

Utah's fertility rate is about double the nation's, and it increased during the 1970s as the nation's fertility declined. The fertility expectations of young non-Mormon females living in this setting (2.4 children) resemble those of young females in the nation as a whole, rather than the expectations of the young Mormon females in Utah (4.4 children). Significant differences between Utah's young Mormon and non-Mormon females remain after adjustments for other variables. These findings suggest (a) that residence in a high fertility area per se does not affect fertility and (b) that Mormon/non-Mormon fertility differences are likely to persist into the foreseeable future.

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