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

Publication Date: January 1983

Publisher: Institute of Contemporary Jewry

Author(s): Mervin F. Verbit

Research Area: Population and demographics

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.