ERIC Number: ED089925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Mar-27
Reference Count: N/A
Sex Differences in the Projections of Rural Negro and White Youth Towards Marriage and Procreation.
Thomas, Katheryn Ann
The paper described and compared the attitudes that teenage boys and girls hold of marriage and procreation. Sex comparison was emphasized, because the process of change and its concomitant value and role confusion may be producing conflicting orientations toward future familial roles and spouses' expected roles. Specifically, the study focused on boys' and girls' projected age of marriage, number of children, work of their spouses and selves outside the home, and the importance the youths accord desire to marry relative to other goals. It was hypothesized that the orientations of girls will deviate from tradition more than boys. The sample population was questioned in 1966, when the boys and girls were high school sophomores, and again in 1968, regardless of school status. All of the youths resided in rural East Texas at the time of the first interview, and the large majority maintained a similar residence in 1968. The sample area was also characterized by low median family income and a large Negro population. A striking result of this investigation was that the marital-family orientations of the Negro and white boys and girls did not change appreciably over the 2 year period. The boys and girls differed most significantly for orientations toward their spouses or selves, respectively, working outside the home. In contrast to the boys, almost none of the girls, Negro or white, appeared to adhere to the traditional ideas that "a woman's place is in the home." (KM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Aspiration, Blacks, Comparative Analysis, Employment Patterns, Employment Projections, Family Life, Family Planning, Family Structure, Females, Low Income Groups, Males, Marriage, Residence Requirements, Role Perception, Rural Youth, Sex (Characteristics), Social Attitudes, Whites
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Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Texas Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: Texas