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Table 5 Ordinary least squares regression models of parental preferences among Chinese college students, by sex

From: Marriage and parenthood preferences among college students in China

  Desired no. of children Desired age at first birth
Females Males Females Males
Highest parental education − .027 (− .039) .017 (.025) − .046 (− .023) − .167 (− .066)
Employed mother − .035 (− .016) − .028 (− .014) .512 (.077) .286 (.037)
Parents’ marital quality .029 (.035) .086** (.122) − .199 (− .082) − .186 (− .069)
English spoken at home − .009 (− .003) .484*** (.170) − .692 (− .087) 1.784*** (.162)
Date without parent approval − .009 (− .010) .046 (.050) − .057 (− .023) − .054 (− .016)
Age − .005 (− .055) .012* (.104) .016 (.059) .062** (.134)
Religiosity .077** (.108) .116*** (.169) − .023 (− .011) − .235 (− .089)
Longest dating relationship − .013 (− .084) .022 (.065) .034 (.075) − .008 (− .006)
Desires heterogamy .071** (.102) .050 (.073) .029 (.014) .081 (.031)
Number of friends dating − .041 (− .052) .031 (.037) − .045 (− .020) − .471** (− .147)
Willing to kiss on first date − .007 (− .008) − .015 (− .021) − .145 (− .062) .498*** (.173)
Self-esteem .040 (.047) .038 (.043) .014 (.006) .136 (.039)
Conservative gender attitudes .131* (.092) − .051 (− .038) − .400* (− .095) − .022 (− .004)
Pro-natalist attitude .131*** (.174) .138*** (.175) − .266** (− .120) − .158 (− .052)
College grades − .089* (− .100) − .096** (− .132) .147 (.056) .049 (.018)
Desired partner qualities
 Pragmatic .022 (.028) − .098* (− .134) − .128 (− .055) − .412* (− .147)
 Caring − .009 (− .011) .081 (.106) .111 (.047) − .005 (− .002)
 Appearance .052 (.064) − .090 (− .119) − .145 (− .061) .104 (.035)
R-square .089 .186 .080 .133
F 1.945 3.189 1.725 2.143
  1. Note: Standardized coefficients shown in parentheses; N = 378 females, 270 males;
  2. Significance levels: ***p < .01, **p < .05, *p < .10