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 A J Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre, Mangalore
  • Harshitha Hanglur Narasimha K. S. Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore
  • Rashmi Kundapur K. S. Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore
  • Santhosh Rai Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
  • Sudhir Prabhu Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore
Keywords: Gender Preference, Focused Group Discussion, Qualitative Study Son Preference, Abortion

Abstract

Background: 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 & 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 focused group discussion. Results: Child preference was seen among 32.2% of the subjects. Preference for Male child if the first child was a girl was significantly associated with lower education and low income (p<0.05). 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, Narasimha HH, Kundapur R, Rai S, Prabhu S. Perception regarding child gender preferences among mothers in Dakshina Kannada district: A mixed methods study. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2019Jun.30 [cited 2020Aug.5];31(2):244 -27. Available from: https://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/987
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