The value of children in different socio-economic status: in the case of Yeka subcity of Addis Ababa city and Mecha Woreda of Amhara region.

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Addis Ababa University


To understand incomplete explanations of cultural, socio economic and generation differences in fertility behavior, three complementary parts of VOC are systematically categorized according to kagitcibasi 's family change theory which is important in shedding light on parental goals and expectations regarding children, intergenerational relationships and a host of related factors that reflect the place of the child in family and society. In this study, the value that children have for women (i. e., social/traditional, economic/utilitarian, and psychological- value of children [VOC}) is tried to assessed in two socioeconomic statuses and three generations. Young women 's views regarding the value of children are important in the context of generational change. This study focused on MechaWoreda and Yeka sub-city women, the later residing in urban/metropolitan, and the Mecha residing in rural settings. Attitudes and values of women aged J 8 to 65 were compared. a total of 383 women were analyzed on their attitudes and values of children. Comparisons across generations, cultures, and sees levels reflected changes over time and across geographical regions. The expectations of women from an offspring also build Significantly in a theory of family change, which enlightens this study. Compatible to the hypothesis: the economic and social value of children increases with increase in age and decrease in socioeconomic status. Moreover, differences in VOC across generations and socioeconomic!cultural comparison groups provided some support for kagitcibasi 's family change theory.



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