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Which Jews Want Children? Correlates of Desired Fertility Among American Jewish University Students

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Publication Date: January 1983

Publisher(s): Institute of Contemporary Jewry

Author(s): Mervin F. Verbit

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Population and demographics (Family planning)

Keywords: American Jews; Fertility; Demography

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Fertility is not uniformly low among American Jews. It is well known that Hassidim have significantly larger families on the average than do other Jews. However, non-Hassidic Jews are not homogeneous in family size, and it is, therefore, worthwhile exploring the factors which influence desired fertility among America's Jews generally. The present report is an analysis of data gathered in a study of American Jewish university students in the mid-1970s.