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Mui Teng Yap and Christopher Gee

Singapore currently has one of the lowest period total fertility rates (TFRs) in Asia, at slightly more than 1.2 births per woman. However, family size ideals have generally remained at around two to three children per family. A successful family planning programme and rapid social and economic development after full independence in 1965 are credited with imbuing the population with a pragmatic mindset that pushed down traditional preferences for large families and, to some extent, preference for sons over daughters, among the various ethnic communities in the country.