ERIC Number: ED057377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
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Psychological and Social Factors in Fertility in the Early Years of Marriage: An Exploratory Longitudinal Study.
Claudy, John G.; Richards, James M., Jr.
Project TALENT, a 20 year, national longitudinal study of the development of youth in to adults, is described. Begun in 1960, only the 5 year follow-up data is currently available. As part of the overall project, an exploratory study is in progress to examine factors which might influence the development of ideal or desired family size preferences and, after marriage, the onset of childbearing and the spacing of children. Early findings tend to support generally-held ideas about these factors. Girls who marry early and have more children by 5 years after high school tend to: (1) to be less intelligent; (2) come from lower socioeconomic status homes; (3) date and go steady more often; (4) have parents with lower levels of education; and (5) expect to marry earlier and obtain less education that those who marry later. Overall, the correlation coefficients are low, suggesting the inadequacy of utilizing psychological and social factors for understanding what determines a girl's age at marriage as well as the size of her family. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.