ERIC Number: ED186323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Value of Children: A Cross-National Study, Volume Five. Taiwan.
Wu, Tsong-shien; Ward, Sandra E.
The document, one in a series of seven reports from the Value of Children Project, discusses results of the survey in Taiwan. A sample of 216 young married couples with at least one child provided data for the survey. The volume is presented in six chapters. Chapters I and II discuss the value of children in Taiwan, the research methodology, and the sample. Chapter III discusses variables relating to the value of children: advantages, disadvantages, reasons for wanting and not wanting children, and economic benefits and costs. Chapter IV focuses on family size and family planning with reference to family size preferences, birth spacing, and birth control. Chapter V describes the value of children and fertility within the social context. The final chapter summarizes findings and makes policy recommendations. Results indicate that continuing the family name was the most important benefit, ranking above the emotional values of happiness and companionship. The most important disadvantage was the financial cost. Noise and disorder caused by children ranked second. A general recommendation is to design population policy by eliminating rewards and increasing costs of high fertility while permitting couples to act within a context of choice. Finding substitutes for personal growth and pleasure associated with children, weakening the value placed on having sons through changes in inheritance laws and religious practices, encouraging industrial modernization to reduce the need for parents to rely on their children for labor, and using television for educating the populace are specific recommendations. (KC)
Descriptors: Abortions, Children, Comparative Analysis, Contraception, Developing Nations, Family Planning, Foreign Countries, Parent Attitudes, Participant Characteristics, Policy Formation, Population Trends, Public Policy, Research Methodology, Social Science Research, Socioeconomic Influences, Values
University Press of Hawaii, 2840 Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96822 ($3.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. East-West Center.
Note: For related documents, see SO 012 082 and SO 012 556-561. Best copy available.