ERIC Number: ED096076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Fertility Behavior in a Tri-Racial, Low Income Rural County. Project Report.
Davis, Adam Clarke; And Others
Child bearing is probably one of the most important functions of the family in American society today. This study identified and investigated the (1) reasons for the existing differentials in fertility behavior (preferences, contraceptive use and effectiveness, and actual fertility) of white, black, and American Indian groups in a low income predominantly rural county and (2) potential problem areas in the development and implementation of fertility control programs among each of these groups. A tri-racial group of male and female interviewers from Robeson County, North Carolina (locus of the research) mostly questioned respondents of their own race. Pre-interviews determined eligible females and couples (females had to be between 18 and 49 and if without a spouse, have at least one child) and their race. The 695 interviews examined the total number of live births, family size preferences, and socioeconomic status. Data were analyzed, for the most part, using descriptive statistical measures (e.g., the arithmetical mean and percentage distributions). Control variables considered major variants were race, age, socioeconomic status, years married, and age at first marriage. Survey results were presented for the total sample and for various subgroups. Some findings were: (1) 73.4 percent of the wives approved of family planning; (2) when race is controlled, more whites approved of family planning than blacks; and (3) more blacks approved than Indians. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh. Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina