Jesuit Father Ryscavage's Research on Gender Ratio Imbalance in India





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Published on Mar 27, 2012

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A new study conducted by Fairfield University's Center for Faith and Public Life has dug deeper into India's gender ratio imbalance crisis to find that it is being fueled by complex family pressures, including the belief that boys will be better wage earners, and that men will be more likely to take better care of their aging parents.

Fairfield University's innovative survey included qualitative components to better understand how gender dynamics and family pressures in India lead to the birth of a significantly greater number of boys than girls. The study suggests that male child preference is quite prevalent and the gender ratio imbalance - which is on the increase and was evident in the 2011 Indian National Census - is likely to be a major impediment to the future development of India.

Jesuit Father Richard Ryscavage, professor of sociology and director of The Center for Faith and Public Life, discusses Fairfield's findings on India's imbalance of girls to boy children and what its impact will have on the future of Indian society.


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