TITLE

Preference for the male child and desired family size in Nigeria

AUTHOR(S)
Olaogun, Adenike; Ayoola, Adejoke; Ogunfowokan, Adesola; Ewere, Vivian
PUB. DATE
October 2009
SOURCE
African Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health;Oct-Dec2009, Vol. 3 Issue 4, p193
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Sex preference continues to be a challenge, particularly in patriarchal societies. This article report on a survey among undergraduate students where over 50% indicated that they want a male child as the first child. Of those who stated a preference for a male child first, 89% want between three and six children. Of the respondents who want a female child first, 94% want four children or less. Among all the respondents, sex preference of the first child had a significant influence on the number of children desired. Preference for a male child as the first child is still strong among the young adults (χ²=38.64; Fisher's exact P=0.001). This has implications on reproductive behaviours of both men and women. There is need for nurses and midwives to be creative in family life education programmes that will deemphasize sex preference.
ACCESSION #
45105749

 

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