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Table 1 Mean levels of marital and parental preferences among Chinese college students, by sex

From: Marriage and parenthood preferences among college students in China

  Females Males
Want to marry 3.74 (0.95) 3.63 (0.99)
 Strongly agree 2.1% 3.3%
 Agree 6.9 10.7
 Unsure 28.6 25.9
 Disagree 39.9 39.3
 Strongly disagree 22.5 20.7
Preferred age at marriage 26.60 (5.00) 27.86*** (3.22)
 20 and younger 1.1% 1.1%
 21 to 25 31.5 22.2
 26 to 30 65.9 67.4
 31 to 35 1.7 8.6
 36 and older 0.0 0.7
Preferred number of children 1.80 (0.85) 1.84 (0.84)
 None 7.4% 4.1%
 1 19.0 25.6
 2 63.0 56.7
 3 or more 10.6 13.7
Preferred age at first birth 27.74 (2.51) 29.59*** (3.24)
 20 and younger 1.3% 0.0%
 21 to 25 13.0 8.9
 26 to 30 77.6 66.6
 31 to 35 7.9 21.5
 36 and older 0.3 2.9
N 378 270
  1. Note: standard deviations shown in parentheses; significance levels indicate difference between the means of females and males
  2. ***p < .01, **p < .05, *p < .10