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The theory of planned behaviour as a model of reasoning about fertility decisions

Klobas, J.ORCID: 0000-0003-2146-7059 (2011) The theory of planned behaviour as a model of reasoning about fertility decisions. Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, 9 . pp. 47-54.

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A simple, first answer to the question posed in this debate is “in some circumstances”. It would clearly be wrong to cast the Theory of Planned Behaviour as a single model for human fertility, which has many facets, not the least of them biological. The question I want to address, then, is not if the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) is an appropriate model, but when is it an appropriate model for human fertility? I will begin by concentrating on that question, then address a number of issues about using the TPB in practice that follow both from the when and from the critique raised by Morgan and Bachrach (2011). In particular, I will consider issues that arise in the operationalisation of the model, how time can be incorporated in both static and dynamic models using the TPB, and how the influences of macro-level events and conditions can be modelled as effects on the components of the TPB.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press
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