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Parental Status and Gender Preferences for Children: is Differential Fertility Stopping Consistent with the Trivers-Willard Hypothesis?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2013 (English)In: Journal of Biosocial Science, ISSN 0021-9320, E-ISSN 1469-7599, Vol. 45, no 5, 683-704 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on evolutionary reasoning, Trivers & Willard (1973) predicted status-biased sex composition and parental investment with son-preferencing effects in higher, and daughter-preferencing effects in lower status groups. Previous research shows mixed results. This study uses event-history methods and Swedish register data to study one possible mechanism in isolation: do parents in different status groups vary in their proclivities to continue fertility based on the sex composition of previous offspring? The results show no support for the Trivers-Willard hypothesis on a wide range of different status indicators. Future research on the stated hypothesis should focus on physiological rather than behavioural mechanisms.

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2013. Vol. 45, no 5, 683-704 p.
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-93292DOI: 10.1017/S0021932012000557ISI: 000322122500008OAI: diva2:646143


Available from: 2013-09-06 Created: 2013-09-06 Last updated: 2015-02-11Bibliographically approved

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