Intention versus behaviour in parental sex preferences among the mukogodo of kenya

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Abstract

The relationship between parents’ stated sex preferences for children and actual parental behaviour towards sons and daughters is examined among the Mukogodo, a group of traditional pastoralists in rural Kenya. Although their cultural values are male-centred and they tend to express a preference for sons, Mukogodo parents actually appear to be more solicitous of daughters, and the Mukogodo have a strongly female-biased childhood sex ratio. Studies of stated sex preferences should therefore be coupled with attempts to assess actual parental investment in sons and daughters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-240
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Biosocial Science
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1991
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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