Introduction: The traditional family is generally consisting of three generations having
strong bondage among the family members and such bondage has been hypothesized to
have a significant role in the desire of sex of the next child.
Objective: To study the desired level of next child sex among the family members of
traditional Indian families.
Materials and Methods: A cross sectional retrospective information was collected from
1296 married women during April-November, 2011 in rural areas of four valley districts of
Manipur, a state of Indian border with Myanmar using cluster sampling technique. The
agreement analysis and odds ratio with Kappa statistics are applied to measure the level
of desire of next child sex. The three generations including the child-bearing age couples
are considered as the family members.
Results: The level of desire about son by wife (4.73) is found to be higher (P<0.01) than
that of her husband (3.42).
Conclusions: The women’s child-bearing period exposes for high pregnancy rate to fulfill
the specific desire of all family members. As the behavioral pattern influences the balance
of sex, son preference may also be reduced to achieve the balance of sex in the
Real Time Impact Factor:
Author Name: Dillip Chandra Nath* , H Brojeshwor Singh**, Atanu Bhatacharjee
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Keywords: Generation fertility, Level of agreement, MCMC, Kappa statistics