Occupational Therapy Publications

Title

Parental Preferences for Sex of Children in Canada

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1999

Journal

Sex Roles

Volume

41

Issue

7-8

First Page

615

Last Page

626

URL with Digital Object Identifier

https://doi.org/10.1023/A%3A1018803723262

Abstract

This study examines parental preferences for sex of children in Canada using data from the 1984 Canadian Fertility Survey. A high percentage of survey participants (37%) report British as their ethnic origin, 24% report French, and 39% belong to all other categories combined. Forty per cent of participants report an income of less than $25,000, 41% an income between $25,000 and $50,000, and 19% an income greater than $50,000. Attitudinal and birth timing measures are used to assess sex preferences at different parities. Both measures indicate that the primary preference is for at least one child of each sex. The birth timing measure indicates that neither boys nor girls are preferred as first-born children by women and their husbands/partners. The attitudinal measure shows that sons are preferred as first-born children among women with a sex preference.However, the greater percentage of zero-parity women have no sex preference for their first-born child.Furthermore, the greater percentage of women at every parity express no sex preference.

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