Preference for male children is declining in Bangladesh: study

Preference for male children is declining in Bangladesh: study

LONDON: Researchers have shown a decline in ‘son preference’ by women of childbearing age in Bangladesh. However, fertility decisions are still affected by the son’s preference.
The term son preference refers to any situation where parents value sons more than daughters and, as a result, make choices, which can have economic and demographic implications.
“Our research shows the difference between the sexual preferences of women and children in Bangladesh and their actual fertility behavior,” said researcher Zaki Wahaj from the University of Kent.
For the study, published in the journal Science Direct, the team surveyed a sample of a national representative of the birth age of Bangladeshi women, who were born between 1975 and 1994, to estimate How the son’s priority is being developed.
The study found that in Bangladesh, sons are preferred over women of childbearing age. Desire Consequences of increasing female education and employment for gender balance. However, contrary to these fertility priorities, real fertility decisions are still made by the son’s preference.
Of these Bangladeshi women, no children were left, the proportions indicating the desire for sons and daughters were almost the same.
For people with one or two children, the presence of a son has a severe negative effect on the desire for extra sons, and the presence of a daughter has a severe negative effect on the desire for additional daughters.
The study also found that the desire for gender balance in children was stronger among women who had completed secondary school and who lived in areas with higher pay opportunities for women in the area of ​​special opportunities for women. Are

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