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Yve Stöbel-Richter and Elmar Brähler (2005)

Socialisation Aspects and Role Models on the Compatibility of Family and Female Professional Life and Attitudes Towards Abortion in Germany*

In: Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft, Vol. 30, 2-3/2005, p. 293-312, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, ISSN: 0340-2398

Existing differences between eastern and western Germany could still be observed in 2000, which is also evident when considering discrepancies in certain attitudes towards family aspects. This article explores the reconciliation of family and career and attitudes towards abortion. The analysis results from the data collected by ALLBUS in 2000 and aims to explore social changing or the lack of it in Germany since 1990. Results show, that there are still enormous differences with regard to attitudes towards family, employment and abortion. Family and career are combined more naturally in eastern than in western Germany. Asked about attitudes towards abortion, 70 % of the respondents in the newly-formed German states consider it a less serious matter or not serious at all, whilst this only applied to 38 % in western Germany. Similar differences can be found when considering the question of whether abortion should be regularly allowed by law. One must consider when interpreting these results whether this phenomenon is caused by differences in socialisation in eastern and western Germany, as well as different social and structural conditions. In the newly-formed German states social conditions and economical deficits carry considerable weight in the evaluation of the items. This can also be observed in the strong ambivalence between the living and family ideal and its realisation. In western Germany, by contrast, one observes a more homogeneous estimation of future prospects and the wish to live in a family.

* Original title: Sozialisationsaspekte und Rollenleitbilder zur Vereinbarkeit von Familie und weiblicher Berufstätigkeit sowie Einstellungen zum Schwangerschaftsabbruch in Deutschland (full text in German only)

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