Fertility Transition in Singapore

Chang, Chen-Tung

     This study of fertility in Singapore opens with a brief historical overview. It then considers fertility trends and the recent fertility transition, a chapter divided chronologically into the pre-war and post-war periods. The study provides a component analysis of the recent fertility transition and considers the changes in fertility by birth order. The following chapter takes up the question of patterns of differential fertility; the next considers nuptiality as a variable in the fertility transition. The Singapore Family Planning Association forms the subject of the subsequent chapter, which looks at the formation of this group, its organization and development, programme activities and services, and the number and characteristics of new acceptors, their sources of referral, and contraceptive methods used. The study then turns to The Singapore Family Planning and Population Board. Here, it considers the First Five-Year National Family Planning Programme, 1966-70, along with related government social policies, responses to the National Programme, and the program's impact on fertility changes. The final chapter gives a look forward by assessing the prospects of the fertility transition in the coming decade or two.

Philip M. Hauser, Evelyn M. Kitagawa