Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Unintended Consequences of China's One-Child Policy

From an abstract:

Data from the 1999-2000 Chinese Health and Family Life Survey were merged with community-level data from the 1982, 1990, and 2000 Chinese censuses to examine the relationship between the local sex ratio (number of men per 100 women) and sexual outcomes among women (N = 1,369). Consistent with hypotheses derived from demographic-opportunity theory, multilevel logistic regression analyses showed that women are more likely to be sexually active, to have had premarital sexual intercourse, to have been forced to have sex, and to test positive for a sexually transmitted infection when there is a relative abundance of age-matched men in their local community. Education, birth cohort, and geographic location also emerged as significant predictors of women's sexual experiences.

Here's something I'd like to know.

If these women are more likely to get STD's, it begs the question of whether they are getting pregnant in greater numbers and whether this leads to more abortions.

Just a thought.

J Marriage Fam. 2012 Feb 1;74(1):201-214. Epub 2012 Jan 11.
Mate Availability and Women's Sexual Experiences in China.
Trent K, South SJ.
University at Albany, State University of New York.