Gender disappointment

Gender disappointment is the feeling of sadness when a parent's strong desire for a child of a particular, preferred sex is not met.[1][2][3] The feeling has been linked to the prevalence of the sexist and gender essentialist beliefs.[1]

In extreme cases gender disappointment can lead to infanticide, particularly (in modern era), female infanticide.[4][5]

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  1. ^ a b Hendl, Tereza; Browne, Tamara Kayali (2020-06-01). "Is 'gender disappointment' a unique mental illness?". Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. 23 (2): 281–294. doi:10.1007/s11019-019-09933-3. ISSN 1572-8633.
  2. ^ Groenewald, Fiona M. (2016). 'Slugs and snails and puppy dogs' tails' : exploring the 'gender disappointment' experiences of mothers of boys who wanted a daughter : an interpretative phenomenological analysis (Ph.D. thesis). University of Roehampton.
  3. ^ Theerthaana, P.; Sheik Manzoor, A. K. (2019-10-01). "Gender disappointment in India: SEM modeling approach". Archives of Women's Mental Health. 22 (5): 593–603. doi:10.1007/s00737-018-0929-8. ISSN 1435-1102.
  4. ^ Arora, Arneet; Yadav, Jayanthi; Yadav, SanjayKumar; Singh, HansRaj (2017). "Infanticide: A Concept". Journal of Forensic Science and Medicine. 3 (1): 42. doi:10.4103/jfsm.jfsm_51_15. ISSN 2349-5014.
  5. ^ "(PDF) Gender Disappointment And Infanticide In Ancient Greek And Modern Era". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2021-01-21.