Family Planning in China: Out of Control?

Am J Public Health. 1998 Apr;88(4):649-51. doi: 10.2105/ajph.88.4.649.


Objectives: This study examined sex ratios in 6 counties in China.

Methods: Data from a household survey (n = 5756) were retrospectively analyzed.

Results: A normal sex ratio was found for children less than 18 years of age. Significant differences in sex ratios and family size were observed between the household survey data and population registers.

Conclusions: The findings indicate a high number of unregistered female births and are consistent with calls for a rethinking of Chinese population policies in the direction of a more collaborative policy based on female education and participation.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Birth Certificates
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • China
  • Family Characteristics*
  • Family Planning Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Population Control / methods*
  • Registries
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sex Preselection
  • Sex Ratio*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires