Starting a Family

Disadvantages in starting a family

The main intention of the WG2 members is to identify adverse circumstances that might have an impact on family formation in terms of timing and the realization of fertility intentions. Accordingly, members will be focusing on the most dominant contextual factors from multi-disciplinary and cross-country perspectives.

Furthermore, objective of this WG is to analyse evidence and facilitate debate on the vulnerable groups in family formation ages, to identify gaps in research and potential new avenues of research.

This will detail:

  • determinants of childlessness and one-child families, discrepancies between wanted family sizes and realized ones;
  • factors associated with difficulties in family formation and
  • gaps in policies to overcome the disadvantages in family formation.


University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Political Sciences, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prof. Tali HEIMAN

Open University, Raanana, Israel