ERIC Number: ED097989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Apr-15
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Determining the Perceived Rewards and Costs of Family Size.
Terhune, Kenneth W.
This paper discusses the research methodology used to determine the main dimensions of satisfaction-dissatisfaction (fertility values) associated with family size. A survey instrument was used to interview approximately 300 white women with none, one, two, or four children. Within the survey instrument, three different approaches were used to elicit the respondents' fertility values: (1) "why" questions which probe the motivational bases underlying answers to other structural questions, (2) an eight-part, open-ended question used to elicit fertility values for specific family sizes, and (3) a card-sorting task that measured respondent judgments on a pre-established list of potential fertility values. It was concluded that the administration of the three methods was worthwhile since the analysis of the data indicated each method produced some results in common as well as some unique results. The examination of the comparisons between methods, illustrated by three tables, include: (1) an outline of the fertility value coding scheme for content analysis, (2) the 10 top responses in each of the three approaches to revealing fertility values, and (3) a listing of the likes and dislikes of family sizes. Indications for future research are discussed. (SDH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
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