Son Preference Attitudes

Son Preference Attitudes is an 8-item measure of the attitudes men and women hold towards sons in society. Items cover topics such as the importance of having a son to carry the family lineage or the misfortune of having only daughters.


ITEMS:

1. Fathering a male child shows you are a real man.
2. A couple who has only a female child is unfortunate.
3. It is important to have a son to take care of you in your old age.
4. It is important to have a son to carry on the lineage or family name.
5. Having a daughter is a financial burdenloss.
6. If a wife does not have a son, her husband has good reason to leave her or divorce her.
7. If a wife does not have a son, a family has good reason to pressurize her husband to leave her.
8. A couple have good reason to abort a pregnancy if they learn it is a girl child.

Response Options:
Strongly agree
Agree
Disagree
Strongly disagree

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

India

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female
Male

AGE RANGE:
Adults

Scoring Procedures:

A composite score is created based on item scores. Scale results are grouped into low, medium and high preference for sons.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Nanda, P., Gautam, A., Verma, R., Khanna, A., Khan, N., Brahme, D., Boyle, S., & Kumar, S. (2014). Study on masculinity, intimate partner violence and son preference in India. International Center for Research on Women.

Psychometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

MEDIUM
Total Score: 4.00/8 Points (MEDIUM) 

Citation Frequency

HIGH

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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