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Values About Children And Fertility
In the traditional context, male children are predominantly preferred to female children. In the VOC (Value of Children) survey presented by C. Kagitcibasi at the Second Turkish Demography Conference of the Institute of Population Studies, Izmir, 1975, boy preference reaches 71 percent as contrasted with a mere 23 percent for girls. Reasons for this preference: a son is a source of social prestige and recognition, together with old age security and material well -being.
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