Weakened Family Values Another Factor Behind Dropping Birth Rates in Taiwan

 August 6, 2019
According to the survey, people who emphasize family values are more likely to have children. [Tuchong]

 

Family values are another key factor besides economic reasons behind decreasing birth rates in Taiwan Province, according to a recent survey.

People who emphasize family values are more likely to have children, but rising individualism in the past years has weakened family values on the island, showed the survey jointly issued by the Taipei Family Education Center and the Center for the Education and Research of Love of Shih Hsin University.

The online survey conducted from May 24 to June 24 this year covered 558 interviewees aged 20 to 69.

About 29.4 percent of the respondents said they decide whether to have children out of economic reasons while 24.2 percent reported their decisions depend on whether they believe in the significance or value of having children. About 11.5 percent said they make decisions based on the extent of their affection for children.

Chan Chao-neng, director of the Center for the Education and Research of Love, said rising individualism, affected by Western cultures, is, directly or indirectly, affecting the willingness of the people in Taiwan Province to get married or have children. "Family values have to be nurtured from childhood," he said.

Figures showed a total of 181,000 babies were born in Taiwan Province in 2018, 7.2 percent fewer than in the previous year. Women on the island now also tend to give birth to children at an older age, even at an advanced age, compared with 10 years ago.

 

(Source: Xinhua)

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