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Titolo:
Prevalence of son preference and its socio-economic correlates: Evidence from India
Autore:
Raina, G; Jerath, JM; Malhotra, AK; Malhi, P;
Indirizzi:
Himachal Pradesh Univ, Dept Psychol, Simla 171005, Himachal Prades, India Himachal Pradesh Univ Simla Himachal Prades India 171005 al Prades, India Panjab Univ, Dept Psychol, Chandigarh 160014, India Panjab Univ Chandigarh India 160014 pt Psychol, Chandigarh 160014, India Himachal Pradesh Univ, Dept Hist, Simla 171005, Himachal Prades, India Himachal Pradesh Univ Simla Himachal Prades India 171005 al Prades, India Post Grad Inst Med Educ & Res, Dept Pediat, Chandigarh, India Post Grad Inst Med Educ & Res Chandigarh India ediat, Chandigarh, India
Titolo Testata:
STUDIA PSYCHOLOGICA
fascicolo: 2, volume: 43, anno: 2001,
pagine: 149 - 160
SICI:
0039-3320(2001)43:2<149:POSPAI>2.0.ZU;2-5
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
CHILDREN; BEHAVIOR; WOMEN; SEX;
Keywords:
sex preferences for children; socio-economic status; mothers' education;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
37
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Raina, G Himachal Pradesh Univ, Dept Psychol, Summer Hill, Simla 171005, Himachal Prades, India Himachal Pradesh Univ Summer Hill Simla Himachal Prades India 171005
Citazione:
G. Raina et al., "Prevalence of son preference and its socio-economic correlates: Evidence from India", STUD PSYCHO, 43(2), 2001, pp. 149-160

Abstract

The study had for aim to investigate sex preferences for children and the impact of socioeconomic characteristics on such preferences in the urban setting of the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. The sample comprised of 417 mothers residing in the capital city of Shimla. Sex preferences for children were measured at the individual level using the Coombs IS index. The findings indicated that preference for male children is very strong among urbanmothers in the state. Ile respondents overwhelmingly preferred to have sons (IS5-IS7 = 58 per cent), and a little less than one-third of the women desired a balanced sex composition (IS4 = 30 per cent). Only 12 per cent (IS1-IS3) of the women had a preference for girls. Ile results of the regression analysis indicated that the mother's education was the most significant predictor of sex preferences indicating that preference for male children decreased with an increase in the level of mother's education. Cross tabulations revealed that son preference declined dramatically only after 12+ yearsof schooling. It is concluded that preference for sons is very strong and pervasive in the urban areas of the state of Himachal Pradesh and there is an urgent need to enhance the education among women in the state. Moreover,literacy enhancing programs alone may not bring about a reduction in preference for sons.

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