This study looked into possible future parents and college students' awareness of marriage and childbirth as regards future marriage and childbirth in order to develop more effective programs to raise consciousness about bearing children and to provide a political framework for making policies. The study surveyed 233 unmarried college students who are currently enrolled in colleges in the Choong-nam province of Korea. The results of the study are discussed below. The methods used for analyzing the data were frequency analysis, regression analysis, and correlational analysis.First, most of the college students had a positive perception toward marriage; however, they scored low on the question of whether marriage was an obligatory action.Second, their recognition of children as regards the issue of 'having to pay educational expenses for children' scored highest while two other categories, 'having to deal with living expenses' and 'having difficulty as a working woman' were next. Compared to other categories, 'having to bear a son' or 'having to bear children for their parents' needs' had low scores.Third, this study's analysis of the effect of college students' awareness of marriage and childbirth as regards their future marriage and childbirth experiences found that such a realization positively affected the number of children that they wanted to bear. Also, awareness about marriage and childbirth and the number of children they were planning to have, as well as gender and age were correlated.
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