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I Introduction The economy of Singapore is increasing rapidly yet it is also facing the threat of declining birth rate which causes the aging population This fact is cited in two articles of Wendy Tan and Grace Chua from The Strait Times Interactive Website which are attached in this report It can be argued that Singapore is not alone among developed nations in having a declining birth rate however the aging population for a small population like Singapore can be quite serious It has also been noted that family and marriage are not only the private matters left to individual but also have impacts on our nation and society Therefore it is very important for the entire community to find out the problems and solutions for them as well This can be support and strengthen the formation of families to raise birth rate of Singapore As can be seen from these two articles some reasons were shown such as rising infertility rate liberal view towards marriage commitment child-bearing pragmatic government etc This paper hence aims to evaluate these causes individually based on the theories of Kou Wong 1979 Salaff 1997 and Straughan 1999 as well as give some recommendations add some reasons that have not included in the articles and argument in other side of this matter II Extent of the problem In recent year we have seen a gradual shift in long-held attitudes towards relationships marriage and family More Singaporeans are remaining single delaying marriage and having fewer children More Singaporeans place priorities on careers and other material life goals All of these factors lead to the decreased birth rate in Singapore Hence we look at three main problems The family values the work and family environment and the role of government These problems can be the reasons for the outcomes stated above 1 Family values
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