China's One-Child Policy: Advantages and Disadvantages Term Paper

China's One-Child Policy: Advantages and Disadvantages
An overview of China's one-child policy and its overall effect on the nation.
# 148650 | 1,226 words | 2 sources | APA | 2011 | KE
Published on Oct 28, 2011 in Sociology (General) , Asian Studies (General)

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This paper examines how the one child policy is a strategy devised by a nation in an attempt to control the increasing birth rate and control the country's population due to the ever reducing resources as a result of population increase. China is the most populated country on earth and the strain on the available resources has prompted the country to come up with ways of controlling the situation. This paper describes what is meant by one child policy as well as the advantages and disadvantages associated with it. The paper also examines both short term and long-term effects of this policy to the nation.

Advantages and Disadvantages of China's One-Child Policy

From the Paper:

"The policy has had several effects both short term and long term on the general population. One major effect that was immediate was the drop in the country's fertility rate where initially every woman was capable of giving birth to more than three children but the situation changed to less than two as per the policy (Zhu, 2003). This policy enabled the Chinese government to prevent the birth of over four hundred million people who could be competing for the same resources available today. The policy has been instrumental in helping to spur china's recent economic growth into a world powerhouse because it has helped to solve some of the issues connected to overpopulation."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fitzpatrick, L. (2009, July 27). A brief history of China's one-child policy. Retrieved October 27, 2011, from Time world:,8599,1912861,00.html
  • Zhu, W. X. (2003). The one child Family policy. Achives of Disease in childhood , 463-464.

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