An Exploratory Study Of Sex Selective Abortion Among Indian Immigrants In The United States
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This qualitative study sought to explore the transmission of and motivation for sex-selective abortion among Indian immigrants in the United States. Using a theoretical framework incorporating social learning theory and self-determination theory, the research design consisted of semi-structured interviews of 20 married Indian immigrant women. Based on an analysis of these interviews, the following emergent themes were discovered: "Problems for and from Girls", "Dowry", "Education (lack of)", "Familial Pressure", "Familial Preference", "Familial Ties", "Inheritance", "Son's Duty", "Money", "Name Carried Forward", and "Want a Boy". Theoretical and social work practice implications based on the findings of the study were discussed. While findings from this study cannot be generalized, they do open the door to future study of sex-selective abortion among immigrant populations.