ERIC Number: ED186324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The Value of Children: A Cross-National Study, Volume Seven. Korea.
Lee, Sung Jin; Kim, Jung-Oh
The document, one in a series of seven reports from the Value of Children Project, discusses results of the survey in Korea. The project conducted interviews with 378 married couples. The volume is presented in six chapters. Chapter I discusses the survey methodology and characteristics of the sample. Chapters II and III detail positive and negative values and economic benefits and costs of children. Chapter IV focuses on family size and family planning with reference to child spacing, attitudes toward contraception and abortion, and family planning knowledge and practices. A correlation between family background variables and family size and planning is also provided. Chapter V describes the value of children and fertility within the social context. The final chapter summarizes findings and makes recommendations for population policy. Results indicate that the most positive value of children for Korean parents is the happiness they bring to a family, pleasures derived from watching children's development, and incentives provided by children to succeed in life. Negative values include the emotional burden children place on parents, financial costs, and restriction of activities. Policy recommendations include designing family planning programs for the areas they will serve, fostering ideas of the social acceptability of a childless marriage, and making alternative activities more available and attractive while increasing the extent to which children interface with these activities. (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.; Korean Inst. for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Seoul.
Note: For related documents, see SO 012 082 and SO 012 556-560.