ERIC Number: ED482441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
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Oh Boy! Oh Boy!: College Students' Prediction for Their First Child.
Chang, I. Joyce; Kennedy, Gregory E.; Brown, Gregory E.
A study examined undergraduate student (n=310) attitudes and expectations about future parenting experiences, particularly their attitudes regarding the gender preference for their first child. Findings revealed that female college students were more likely to predict having a son as their first child. A strong preference for boys (92%) was observed among the male college students (chi square X2=61.2 p<001). Most of the female students (57%), however, predicted having daughters first. Prior research has suggested that parents, in general, and fathers, specifically, demonstrate differing levels of involvement and commitment when their child is of a favored gender or not. As family life educators work with expectant parents, implications from this study may alert them to this potentially important variable in the processes of early parenthood. Contains six references. (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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