eoretical insight into the area of the influence of friendship on fertility develop coded data from abstract connections, visualization, and multivariate thinking. The coded data is then compared under similar categories to come up with theoretical elaboration.
The study uses survey research method (Balbo & Barban, 2014). Survey method involves gathering of information from a large group of persons using questionnaires or at times telephone or face-to-face interviews. Since the research is carried out in four phases in this study, a sample of women was collected and restricted to 15 years of age during the first phase of the research. This sample was observed until they were the age of 30. During each phase, the sample was provided with questionnaires which contained open-ended and closed-ended questions inclined towards the influence of friendship on a person’s fertility conduct. All questions were constructed depending on the phase which the participants were in order to retain the validity and reliability of the survey. Since the study involved the population of adolescents in the United States, sampling reduced the cost of testing the entire population, reduced incidents of producing errors with large populations, and was best since testing an entire was impossible.
Hypothesis 2b: set out to confirm whether or not the effect of a friend’s childbearing act on the risk of becoming a parent by an individual is inverse u-shaped. In this case, the risk of an individual’s parenthood elevates during the time when the friend has a child but after getting to the peak, the risk begins to decline.
The results obtained from findings supported that childbearing by a friend has positive impact on an individual’s risk of becoming a parent. In addition, the impact of a friend’s childbearing act on an individual was identified to be short lived and well defined using the inverse U-shaped graph (Balbo & Barban, 2014). The inverse U-shape reveals that after a