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Fertility Transition in Thailand: A Qualitative Analysis

Publication Abstract

Knodel, John E., N. Havanon, and A. Pramualtana. 1984. "Fertility Transition in Thailand: A Qualitative Analysis." Population and Development Review, 10(2): 297-328.

This paper analyzes qualitative information gathered through focus group sessions with men and women who built their families before the Thai fertility decline and with a younger generation whose members are limiting family size to two or three children. Four components in the fertility transition are identified: fundamental social and economic change, causing couples to view large numbers of children as a burden; a cultural setting conducive to acceptance of fertility control; a latent demand for fertility control; and the availability of effective means of fertility regulation through the national family planning program.

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