Family Life Course Trajectories: Results of the Sequence Analysis

  • Irma Dirsytė
  • Aušra Maslauskaitė
Keywords: demographic development of the family, cohabitation, marriage, children, separation


This paper aims to analyse the family life course trajectories of 1970–1984 birth cohorts in Lihuania. It applies the sequence analysis methods and is based on the Families and Inequalities Survey Dataset collected in 2019. The method provides the opportunities to examine the family life course in a holistic way and has not been used in family demography research in Lithuania so far. The results prove that cohabitation became a normative event in the family formation process, the duration of cohabitation increases, however marriage remains the dominant family arrangement for childrearing. Clasterization of sequences revealed four models of family life trajectories, that reflect the diversity and de-standartization of the family life course.