Cronologias da vida privada

English title: Chronologies of private life

Author(s): Sofia Aboim -

Language: Portugese

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2010

Abstract

In this chapter, attitudes concerning the age norms (ideal and prescriptive) that command the idealized organization of life phases are analysed. Along with the convergences, divergences were also found. The transitions to conjugality and family life can be grouped in different normative profiles, depending on their different shades: or more experimentalists or institutionalists, or more precocious or late. The results show significant differences between the ideal age to live certain events and the real age those events tend to be lived, and when we analyze the results concerning conjugality and family life, there are differences between the live courses of men and women. Although there is a certain convergence in gender when the ideal ages are analysed, in reality women tend to make the transition to conjugal life earlier. On the other hand, the correlation between the ideal and real age is affected by the respondent’s position in the life course. The younger one is, the bigger the propensity to postpone the ideal age of conjugal and family life transition, certainly because these youths are the one living or expecting the delay of the beginning of conjugal life. Even so, the “ideal” seems to fall behind the “real”: in Portugal, the ideal age to have a child is around 25 years, but the demographic statistics show that the mean age of the woman when her first child is born is higher (29 years in 2007).

From page no: 107

To page no: 148

Anthology: Tempos e Transições de vida: Portugal ao Espelho da Europa [Timings and Transitions of Life: a view of Portugal within Europe]