Given second chance, 24 percent of moms in Taiwan choose not to have children 若時光倒流 1/4母親不想生

Thu, May 12, 2011 - Page 15

“Would you still have children if you were given a second chance?” About 24 percent of the mothers that participated in a recent survey answered “no” when asked this question, and the less happy a mother was, the more likely she was to say “no.”

Mother’s Day was just around the corner when Chao Tien-lin, a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate to the legislature, and Greater Kaohsiung City Councilor Chen Hsin-yu published the results of the survey on April 25. The survey was conducted between April 19 and 21 by telephone, interviewing 1,344 mothers from various cities and counties throughout the nation.

Among the interviewed mothers, 67 percent of them believed they were “happy as a mother,” while 16 percent were “unhappy as a mother,” and 15 percent were “equally happy and unhappy as a mother.”

Distinguishing between different age groups, the younger the mother was the happier she tended to be as a mother. Geographically, an average of 70 percent of mothers living in Taipei City, New Taipei City and Keelung City, as well as Taoyuan, Hsinchu and Miaoli counties were “happy” as mothers, which was a far higher percentage than other areas across the nation.

Twenty-four percent of the interviewees said “no” when asked “Would you still have children if you were given a second chance?” As many as 48 percent of the “unhappy” mothers answered “no” while 15 percent of the “happy” mothers also gave a negative response.

Among the mothers who answered “no,” 37 percent of them said that the decision would ease their economic burden, while 29 percent said raising a child was too “difficult,” and 16 percent said it was because they desired a “less restriced lifestyle.” Meanwhile, five percent of them were concerned that they would not be able to endure the pain of losing their child in the future. Chao Tien-lin said that a heavy economic burden and feeling exhausted that comes with taking care of a child are the main factors influencing a mother’s decision about having children.