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Cultural Factors Affecting Population Policy

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Cultural Factors Affecting Population Policy Despite tremendous population pressures in the world, a variety of culture factors act to keep birth rates high. Cultural factors that might act to mitigate population control efforts include: A. Distrust of Doctors Family planning efforts inevitable involve visits to clinics and doctors. In many developing countries, doctors are rare. Many doctors that are present are from first- world countries. B. Ignorance of Biological Facts In order to prevent births (assuming one wants to), potential parents have to be aware of the biological process that creates babies in the first place. C. A Desire for Sons The desire for sons is a major impediment to birth control programs.
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Unformatted text preview: • In many countries, inheritance is left for male children only. • Male children carry on the family name. • Male children are a ready-made work force (girls may work, but once they marry, they go with their husband's family). • Male children are the social security for the elderly. D. The Emotional Conditioning of the Male In many cases large families equal status for the males. A large family is living proof of the virility of the male. E. A General Problem People act, not for the good of society, but for their own immediate needs. In order for a population policy to be effective, individuals have to be convinced that they (and their family) will benefit....
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