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One-only child policy fuelling divorce boom in China

Posted by Author on December 7, 2006, Dec 7, 2006-

New Delhi, Dec 7 (ANI): China enforced a one child only policy in the early 1980’s to tide over its burgeoning population problem, and now its giving rise to a new problem.

A recent study by the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences has revealed that couples, who are only children are more likely to divorce than others, and the reason for divorce is primarily parental interference.

Zhang Sining, a researcher at the academy said a survey of 162 couples under 30 showed a divorce ratio of 24.5 percent when both were only children, 8.4 percent when one was an only-child, and 11.7 percent for those from families with more than one child.

According to Zhang, the overprotective manner in which the single child was brought up made them intolerant and uncompromising.

“Parents and grandparents doted on and spoiled the single child – dubbed “little emperors” and “empresses”. Their intolerance and parental interference now threaten the stability of their marriages,” the official Xinhua News Agency quoted Zhang as saying.

“About 87 percent of only children felt pressured to find a spouse to satisfy their parents, 58 percent acknowledged their parents were a factor in the break-up, and 55 percent said their parents interfered in their marriages,” he said.

“We are on the edge of divorce because our parents are already waging war over the ‘dinner issue’. His mother drops in every day to check whether I have cooked her son’s favourite dishes, while my father often asks us to dinner to pull me out of housekeeping, and he quizzes my husband on whether he is taking good care of me,” said Hu Jia, 25, in Xining City in northwest China’s Gansu Province.

The survey further showed that 92 percent of only children wanted a home away from their parents, in order to cope up with their problems on their own.

“Over-protective parents undermine the relationships of young couples by “protecting” their offspring against their spouses rather than teach them how to cooperate,” said Zhang Dasheng, director of a psychological counselling centre in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang Province.

“On the other hand, over-indulged only children are accustomed to seeking parental care – boys from their mothers and girls from their fathers. The dissatisfaction with the care from their spouses often leads to disappointment or doubts,” Zhang Sining added. (ANI)

original report

One Response to “One-only child policy fuelling divorce boom in China”

  1. Great article, it is so much more beneficial if both parties can come to a Collaborative Divorce or Uncontested Divorce, everybody wins in this type legal process! Especially if you can put one’s ego in check, and have a mutual agreement… Maybe even give a little and take a little less in some regards it might seem that your the one always giving more, but in the long run it will come back to you 10 times…


    Howard M

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