ERIC Number: ED223928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr-29
Reference Count: 0
Ethnic and Religious Factors Related to College Women's Attitudes toward Number of Children.
Williams, M. Willson
Positive or negative attitudes toward the number of children a woman has are often thought to be related to ethnicity and religious background. It was hypothesized that Hispanics, when compared with Anglos, would place higher positive values on women with children than on women with no children and that religious identification with the Catholic Church would result in higher positive attitudes toward women with children regardless of ethnicity. Anglo Catholic (N=31), Hispanic Catholic (N=26), Anglo Protestant (N=61), and Hispanic Protestant (N=4) female college students completed a semantic differential to measure their attitudes toward number of children in three different narratives about women. An acculturation scale determined the ethnic and religious identification of the subjects. Analyses of results revealed no significant differences between attitudes towad number of children either as a function of Anglo or Hispanic culture, or Catholic or Protestant religion. These results indicated that within the total population sampled a tendency existed to want fewer children, and to place a higher value on women who have fewer children. The findings suggest that acculturation will result in fewer differences in current attitudes in general, including family size. (PAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Family Size
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (Albuquerque, NM, April 28 - May 1, 1982).