May 18, 2013 08:42
More than half of married women in Korea do not believe that they must have children, and the traditional preference for male offspring is fading away, according to a study.
Kim Seung-kwon, a researcher at the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs carried out a survey of 4,536 married women between 15 and 44 in 2012, and 53.5 percent of the respondents said there is no absolute need to have children.
Some 46.3 percent said children are a must.
The same survey has been carried out every three years, and this is the first time that less than half of the respondents insisted on children.
In 1997, 73.7 percent said they must have children.
The number of children respondents wanted was also down, from an average of 2.3 in 2009 to 2.2.
The latest survey also shows the waning preference for male heirs, with 58.3 percent of respondents saying there is no need for a son, compared to 33 percent who would like one and 8.2 percent who definitely wanted one.
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