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Parents' Preferences for Sex of Children in Sweden: Attitudes and Outcomes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Statistics Sweden, Sweden.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4952-3959
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Number of Authors: 32018 (English)In: Population: Research and Policy Review, ISSN 0167-5923, E-ISSN 1573-7829, Vol. 37, no 3, p. 443-459Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It has been argued that preferences for the sex of children would be small or nonaEuroexisting in relatively gender equal societies. However, previous studies have suggested that a stronger preference for having daughter exists in Scandinavian countries, which are frequently noted for being among the most gender equal societies in the world. Combining new register data on birth rates by sex of the previous children and recent survey data on couples' stated preferences for the sex of children, we show that the preference for daughters has increased in Sweden over the last decade. In addition to the stronger preference for having daughters among twoaEurochild mothers documented in previous research, our findings show that during the previous decade this preference was noticeable also among oneaEurochild parents. Despite Swedish society being known for holding gender equal social norms, interviewed parents openly expressed some degree of preference for having daughters over sons.

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2018. Vol. 37, no 3, p. 443-459
Keywords [en]
Gender preference, Family formation, Birth rates, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158308DOI: 10.1007/s11113-018-9462-8ISI: 000435617800005PubMedID: 29983476OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158308DiVA, id: diva2:1235900
Available from: 2018-07-30 Created: 2018-07-30 Last updated: 2019-12-12Bibliographically approved

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