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Volume :45 Issue : 4 2017      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Desired Family Size for Kuwaitis: A Comparison between Males and Females

Auther : Lubna Al-Kazi

Kuwait is a pronatalist country where the nationals are a minority. The government has given many incentives for its citizens to increase the birth rates,yet birthrate has been declining over the past few decades. from Total Fertility - Rate of 6 in the seventies to less than 4 at present. This study is interested in finding out the desired family size or fertility intentions as a predictor of future fertility trend. The study took a stratified random sample of 600 Kuwaitis, males and females, comprising hundred from each of the six governorates. We found that tribal origins (Bedouin / non-Bedouin), inhabitance in extended family, and consanguineous marriages are significant in having a positive impact on fertility. Also, using the lifestyle scale we found an inverse relationship between gender and family size. Furthermore, the most important factor influencing fertility was economic. The social factor was also significant for families of tribal descendants as children for them are considered a social capital.
Keywords: Fertility, Family size, Kuwaiti, Ethnic Group, Gender

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