Italy's fertility rate falls as women reject childbearingBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7030.530 (Published 02 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:530
- Lucinda Evans
The size of the Italian family has shrunk dramatically, according to government statistics. The definitive version of Italy's 1991 census, recently published by the National Institute of Statistics, shows that the average family fell to 2.8 members compared with 3.4 in 1971. Most families have either only one child or none.
Underlying the drop is a fall in fertility that has put Italy on course for zero population growth. In the 10 years before the census was taken, Italy's population grew by …