Single Mothers with Children Under 18
dramatically in recent years; others remain largely unchanged over time. ‘Jan}’ parents prefer boys to girls because of stereotypical ideas about the relative importance of males and females to the future of the family and society Although some rents prefer boys to girls because these parents believe old myths about the biological inferiority of females, research suggests hat social expectations also plays major role in this preference. We are socialized to believe that it is important to have a son, especially (or a first or only child. For many years, it was assumed that a male child could support his parents in their later ears and Carr -n the family name. Across cultures, boys are P’ reed to girls, esp. sally when the number of children that parents c have is limited by law or economic conditions. F example, in China, which strictly regulates the allowable number of children to NE per family, a disproportionate number of female fetuses are aborted. In the United States, as wen, one recently study found that Chic-.c “Americans also strongly favored male cauldron Female children: Some families had
additional children in an effort to produce male offspring while other parents engaged in selective fertilization techniques in hopes f producing a male heir. In India. the practice of aborting female fetuses is widespread. and female infanticide occurs frequently. s a result. both India and China have a growing surplus of young men who will face a shortage of women their own age. and chinese Americans in the United States may experience a similar situation in the future. In this country. some sex selection no doubt takes place through abortion. However. most women seek abortions because of socioeconomic factors. problematic relationships with partners. health-related concerns. and lack of readiness or ability to care for a child (or another child) (Lott, 1994).