Social Biology. 1983 Fall; 30(3):318-27.
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This study used data from the 1970 and 1975 National Fertility Surveys to ascertain the consistency between childlessness intentions and subsequent behavior and intentions. Of the 274 white US women who were childless and not pregnant at the time of the 1970 survey, 234 (85%) intended to have children at some point. However, by the time the 1975 re-interview, only 169 women (62%) had followed through with their intentions. In contrast, 38 (95%) of the 40 women who in 1970 intended no children had no children in 1975.