Ideational Influences on Marriage and Childbearing (ICPSR 34479)

Principal Investigator(s): Thornton, Arland, University of Michigan. Population Studies Center


Collecting new data in the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVPS), this project investigates the influence of ideational factors on both nuptiality and fertility in Nepal. This research examines: (1) how ideational factors influence marriage behavior, focusing primarily on the transition into first marital union; (2) how ideational factors intersect with socioeconomic structures to influence entrance into marriage; (3) how ideational factors influence fertility, considering both childbearing and the use of contraception; (4) how ideational, social, and economic structures intersect and combine to influence contraception and childbearing; and (5) how these ideational influences vary by both gender and age, and by husband-wife dynamics for fertility decisions.

Access Notes

  • These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners directly for details on obtaining these resources.

Study Description


This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    birth, birth control, birth expectations, child rearing, families, family planning, household composition, marriage

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Nepal

Data Collection Notes:

These data are not available from DSDR or ICPSR. Researchers should consult the principal investigator directly for details on obtaining access to the data and documentation:

Dr. Arland Thornton

Population Studies Center

University of Michigan

426 Thompson St., PO Box 1248

Ann Arbor, MI 48106