Family size – demography

  • Although family size generally refers to the total number of individuals in a family, from a demographic perspective, it refers to the number of total number of children borne to a woman at a point of time
  • Completed family size refers to the total number of children born to her during her child bearing age – generally considered to be 15-45 years of age
  • The family size depends on various factors like:
    • Age at marriage
    • Duration of marriage
    • Level of education
    • Economic status
    • Prevailing social and cultural practices
    • Desired family size
    • Use of family planning techniques
  • The family size is an indicator of the level of development of the population
    • The family generally higher in developing countries and vice versa

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