The Rate of Women Having a Third Child and Preference of Son in Present Day Vietnamese Families

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Abstract Vietnam has been implementing the policy of fertility decline through the population program, fertility health care including family planning. Small household size is now encouraged. Together with services of fertility health care, family planning provided, a lot of popularizing, propagandizing activities for changing behaviors have been organized in order to equip couples with knowledge and encourage them to carry out the target of family planning. We have of course obtained some certain success, however there still exists the problem of couples giving birth to a third child, especially in some geographic regions, this rate tends to increase. One of the most important reasons for giving birth to a third child arise from the need of Vietnamese
families to have at least one son. Because the son is responsible for caring for old parents, ancestor worship, continuity the lineage, etc.

Keywords: women; Vietnamese; son; families


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