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CHINESE WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN FERTILITY DISCUSSIONS

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International Journal of Sociology of the Family
Vol. 23, No. 1 (Spring 1993), pp. 33-42
Published by: International Journals
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23028542
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

Using a sample of 6,654 Chinese women at their childbearing ages, this study examines the determinants of women's participation in fertility discussions with their husbands, and the impact of this participation on fertility. Findings support the hypothesis that the more a woman involves in decision-making in fertility, the more likely she will end up with a small number of children. Furthermore, this study reveals that women's educational attainments and ages at marriage are the most important predictors of participating fertility discussions. The results of this study suggest that, although Chinese women are restricted by regorous family planning regulations and their personal choices are limited, their participation in fertility discussion is important in predicting reproductive behaviors.

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