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Parental Preferences for Sex of Children in Canada
Sex Roles
  • Janette McDougall
  • David J. Dewit
  • G. Edward Ebanks
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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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Janette McDougall, David J. Dewit and G. Edward Ebanks. "Parental Preferences for Sex of Children in Canada" Sex Roles Vol. 41 Iss. 7-8 (1999) p. 615 - 626
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