ERIC Number: ED097990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
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Fertility Values: Why People Stop Having Children.
Terhune, Kenneth W.
This methodological study investigated which fertility values are correlated with the variable of desired family size. Data was gathered from 310 Caucasian Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish women from the Buffalo metropolitan area. The subjects were between the ages of 15 and 44, lived with their husbands, and had either none, one, two, or four children. The survey imstrument employed two main methods of eliciting responses: a series of openended questions and a card sort task which indicated opinions on a pre-established list of potential fertility values. Results presented in data tables and figures show: (1) the fertility values most mentioned by the respondents, (2) most important fertility values from the card sort tasks, (3) fertility values correlating with desired family size, and (4) feeling about various family sizes among respondents desiring two children. The results are discussed in terms of the patterns of the correlations, the importance of personal benefits of husbands and wives in determining family size, the absence of motivators for large families, the relation of reward values to family size, and the religious differences reflected in the correlates of actual desired family size. (SDH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
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