Outline of the Sixth Longitudinal Survey of Babies in 21st Century

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Japanese

(3) Satisfaction from Child Rearing

The proportion of respondents who “take pleasure in the growth of the child” remains the highest.

Comparing the reasons for satisfaction from child rearing (multiple answers) with those in the 5th survey, the proportion of all reasons rose. The proportion of respondents who “take pleasure in the growth of the child” has remained the highest (83.2%) from the time of the 3rd survey.

With regard to the changes from the time of the 1st survey, the proportion with “human network widened by rearing the child” significantly increased from 26.5% in the 1st survey to 58.4% in the 6th survey (Figure 16).

Figure 16Changes in the reasons for satisfaction from child rearing
(multiple answers)
Figure 16  Changes in the reasons for satisfaction from child rearing (multiple answers)
Notes:
1) The figures are based on the total number of responses in the 1st through 6th surveys (total number of replies: 35,783).
2) “Take pleasure in the growth of the child” and “enjoy the companionship of siblings” were not investigated in the 1st and 2nd surveys.
3) “Home is cheerful thanks to the child” was “family became happier” in the 1st survey, and it was not investigated in the 2nd survey.
4) “Contact with the child is rewarding” and “family ties strengthened” were not investigated in the 1st survey.
5) “Everyday life is exciting” was “life became worthwhile” in the 1st survey and “everyday life became worthwhile” in the 2nd survey.

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