Why Contemporary American Jews Want Small Families
Publication Date: January 1981
Publisher(s): Brill Books
Author(s): Steven M. Cohen
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: American Jews; Fertility; Demography
Coverage: United States
The chapter attempts to account for differences in desire fertility in desire family size by religion. It examines the routes to group, mean, desire family size. We find that Jews and Protestants resemble one another when comparing mean fertility levels. Jews and Catholics display a direct relationship between religiosity and fertility behavior whereas the Protestants fail to manifest such a relationship. Thus, low Jewish fertility arises from their high level of secularism.