ERIC Number: EJ960219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
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Too Many Men? Sex Ratios and Women's Partnering Behavior in China
Trent, Katherine; South, Scott J.
Social Forces, v90 n1 p247-267 Sep 2011
The relative numbers of women and men are changing dramatically in China, but the consequences of these imbalanced sex ratios have received little empirical attention. We merge data from the Chinese Health and Family Life Survey with community-level data from Chinese censuses to examine the relationship between cohort- and community-specific sex ratios and women's partnering behavior. Consistent with demographic-opportunity theory and sociocultural theory, we find that high sex ratios (indicating more men relative to women) are associated with an increased likelihood that women marry before age 25. However, high sex ratios are also associated with an increased likelihood that women engage in premarital and extramarital sexual relationships and have more than one sexual partner, findings consistent with demographic-opportunity theory but inconsistent with sociocultural theory.
Descriptors: Females, Family Life, Foreign Countries, Males, Gender Differences, Marriage, Gender Issues, Behavior, Marital Status, Sexuality, Social Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: China