Perception regarding child gender preferences among mothers in Dakshina Kannada district

A mixed methods study

  • Shreyaswi Sathyanath A J Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre, Mangalore
  • Anusha Rashmi Doctor
  • Harshitha H N K.S.Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore
  • Rashmi K K.S.Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore
  • Santhosh Rai KMC, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  • Sudhir Prabhu Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore
Keywords: Gender preference, focussed group discussion, qualitative study, son preference, abortion

Abstract

A reflection on the census 2011 data tells us that gender preference has only been on the rise these past years. Objective:  To assess perception regarding gender preference among mothers in Dakshina kannada district. Materials and methods: 2 tertiary care centres attached with medical college were selected in Dakshina kannada district. Quantitative variables were collected using a questionnaire and qualitative component was done through Focussed group discussion. Results: Child preference was seen among 32.2% of the subjects. And it was significantly associated with low income (p = 0.003). Conclusion: Son preference is still existent in the society but not universally. It is more so when the first born is a female child.

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Published
2019-06-30
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Sathyanath S, Rashmi A, N H, K R, Rai S, Prabhu S. Perception regarding child gender preferences among mothers in Dakshina Kannada district. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 30Jun.2019 [cited 22Aug.2019];31(2). Available from: http://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/987
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Short Article