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Size of Family and Preference for Children of Each Sex

Deborah S. Freedman, Ronald Freedman and Pascal K. Whelpton
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 66, No. 2 (Sep., 1960), pp. 141-146
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2773158
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Abstract

Preference for at least one child of each sex has a minor, but significant, influence in determining whether couples with two, there, or four children expect to have and do have an additional child. This relationship was found to persist with a number of socioeconomic and demographic controls. Its importance increases with the number of children of identical sex. The analysis is based on the data from a national probability sample of white married women in the child-bearing years.

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