The findings indicate that women make fertility decisions that are motivated by the desire for giving birth to sons in Nigeria. Compared to women with a first-born son, women with a first-born daughter have and desire significantly more children, and use less contraceptives. Women with daughters among earlier-born children are also more likely to reduce the spacing between births, thereby increasing the risk of child and maternal mortality. Results suggest that son preference also has significant impacts on other aspects of women’s well-being. Women with first-born daughters are significantly more likely to end up in a polygynous union, to be divorced, and to be heads of the household. p. 34.
HT: Viviana Di Giovinazzo