Marriage and Fertility Patterns in the Philippines

De Los Angeles, Noli
October 1965
Philippine Sociological Review;Oct65, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p232
Academic Journal
This study focuses on the particular role played by the ever-married women to affect a varying trend in the marriage and fertility pattern of the Philippines. It is known fact that the alarmingly high rate of growth in the country is entirely due to the balance of births to deaths, for migration as a factor has only a very slight effect, if anything at all, on the population change. As of now, there is a consensus of opinion that this rate will continue and within the span of three decades, more or less the country's population, will double itself. There are those who regard the idea of an expanding population as healthy and desirable one that will ultimately give rise to greater national security and power, but there are others who see only the undesirable consequences of overcrowding. In this paper, the author will try to examine and analyze the two variables, marriage and birth, as they relate to one another. In the study of marriage and fertility trends several factors should be taken into consideration. Variations in their trend may be attributed to religion, differences in wealth and social position, the levelling of income, the influence of social legislation and fiscal policy on changes in the economic structure and on the trade cycle, the importance of general cultural conditions, and the differences in intelligence and education.


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