Values of Children in Six Cultures

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Jana Suckow, Daniela Klaus VALUE OF CHILDREN IN SIX CULTURES Pp. 244-245 PROCEEDINGS OF THE SYMPOZIUM ORGANISED BY FACULTY OF SOCIAL STUDIES MASARYK UNIVERSITY BRNO (19-21 SEPT. 2002) 1) Psychological-emotional value of children 2) Economic-utilitarian value of children 3) Social-normative value of children. Psychological-emotional reasons for getting children are for instance; 'to have someone to love and care for', 'because of the pleasure you get from watching children grow' and 'because it's fun to have young children around the house'. Statements such as 'because a child helps around the house', 'to have one more person to help the family economically' or 'children can help when you're old' illustrate the economic-utilitarian dimension. The dimension of social-normative value of children is expressed by items such as 'to carry on the family name' or 'because parenthood improves your standing and betters your reputation among your kin'.

The decision for or against children is embedded in different context levels. Certain institutional conditions, the structures of opportunity, the relational and social network and the individual characteristics of the (potential) parents determine the value of children for the parents. For instance in countries with institutional alternatives for covering the risks of life like illness and unemployment, such as Germany and Israel, regarding this intergenerational relations are not that important. So the economic dimension of value of children is not the most important there.

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