Sociology: Correlation between Birth rate and Religion?

by CADoerr

Is there a substantial correlation between religion and fertility rate? Here you will find some clues.

Birth rates in the Western world have gotten to a very low level and the fertility rate in the European countries decreased straight down to roughly 1 . 56 children per family unit in the EU27, and in Austria and Germany even lower down to only 1 . 38 and 1.37 correspondingly in general, as documented by the Eurostat 2007 survey. Evaluation reveals that religion and birth rates seem to be someway interconnected to each other.

Does religion in the European countries have a fundamental influence on the number of children per woman?

Religious persons vary from the common family group, which consists of a couple with 2 children, and tend to be more likely to end up with 3 or more children in general.

Nonreligious females are likely to have a lesser number of offsprings in general contrasted to religious females who exceed the nonreligious women merely by 0. 2 additional children in general. Religious men and women also have a distinct family preparation and plan to have more offsprings in general which in turn indicates their higher childbirth rates which generally tend to be planned beforehand.

For what reason does religion have an effect on the number of offsprings?

This key fact happens to be improperly researched scientifically and empirically up to date. Nevertheless , currently there are three possible reasons suggesting the potential influence of faith and the number of children.

1 . The pro-birth placement of most religions, which regularly state children to generally be obviously of high value to their culture just like the Catholic Church and their forbidance of birth control methods.

2 . The help and support of the supporters of the church in childcare plus the role model of good sized families can influence the number of children.

3. The considerable change in the way of living following the birth of a baby might be carried out} easier with the help and support that religion and behaviour rules give.

Jewish and Muslim women of all ages give birth to more offsprings compared to Christian women

Jewish women give birth to 2 . 2 children in general plus Muslim women give birth to 2 . 7 children in general in Austria.

Catholics and Orthodox women give birth to 1. 8 offsprings in general in comparison.

Jewish women give birth to 2 . 2 childrenin general plus Muslim women give birth to 2 . 7 offsprings in general in Austria.

Catholics and Orthodox women give birth to 1. 8 children in general in comparison.

Evangelical women constitute the rear end in this assortment with 1 . 7 children based on the 2001 Census in the age bracket of 40 to 44 year old women. The general number children of Muslim women of all ages is constantly in the spotlight of state policies and media.

It is approximately one fourth higher opposed to the whole society and is very region - specific. Turkish women in the age bracket of 40 to 65 years gave birth to 5. 3 children in general. Ex-Yugoslav women gave birth to 2 . 6 offsprings and Iranian women ended up below the average with 1 . 9 children below the general number of offsprings of Catholic women.

This considerably higher number of children on the side of Turkish women may be imputed to some extent to the family composition, education levels and career patterns, in addition to the religious and social reasons.

These childbirth rates have got an impact on the size of religious groups

The expansion of the size of a religious organisation is dependent on different components such as migration, birth, church entrances and leaves and the death rate.

In Austria, religion predictions illustrate the number of children of various religious groups has little effect on the religious structure of the total human population in the long-run.

By the year 2051 the human population of Catholics (now around three - quarters of the human population) could decline straight down to about a half, and Muslims may increase from four up to fifteen percentage points in the future, mainly because of their birth rates and migration.


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Kindersegen. 6 Thesen zu Religion und Geburtenverhalten, Dr. Caroline Berghammer, Austrian Institute for Family Research, University of Vienna

Updated: 01/04/2013, CADoerr
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Rose on 12/26/2013

'm not sure there is a correlation. The birthrate in the Indian state of Kerala has fallen sharply, but they are all still practising Hindus the same as they were when their birthrate was high.

I think the correlation is with education. They educate their girls there. In fact everywhere girls are educated, the birthrate falls.

Sam on 01/04/2013

Sure, I think a lot of animals would be also offended by being compared with a human ;-) SY

CADoerr on 01/04/2013

I will replace it. From my point of view there is not much difference between an animal and a human being to be honest. I sometimes think animals are even better than humans.

Sam on 01/04/2013

Oh please! Can you replace females with women and offspring with children??? I feel like an animal now just reading this as a Christian woman without own biological children ... SY

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