Children's Career Preferences: Is the Economic burden changing the traditional approach of large family size in Pakistan?

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Muhammad Jawad, SaimaSarir, Alamgeer Khan, Seema Zubair


The present study examines the role of economic hardships in reducing fertility or family size in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Primary data were collected from randomly selected 384 households belonging to six communities of District Peshawar. Chi-Square and Kendal Tb results revealed positive behavioral changes towards small family size due to economic hardships. The layer of inflation in the country for the last 30 years has compelled people to have a quality of life with few but successful children. The traditional assumption of the developing world where children are considered an economic asset is rapidly changing in Pakistan, and children are now considered a financial burden. The study recommends enhancing the process by increasing family planning practices and masses motivation through mass media and community and religious leaders. Special measures are also needed to check the people's economic hardships, especially the price hike, to bring prosperity through the decline in family size at a voluntary level.

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