ERIC Number: ED097993
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug-30
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Rationality and Rationalization in the Perceived Consequences of Family Size.
Terhune, Kenneth W.
This paper offers three propositions on the roles of rationality and rationalization in the expression of preferences for family size. The propositions are generally based on the results of two successive interview surveys involving approximately 600 married, white women between the ages of 15 and 44. This number includes approximately equal numbers of middle class and working class women, Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish women and those with none, one, two, and four children. Assessed were the relative preferences of these women for desired as well as alternative family sizes. The study is based on a rational model which states that many people choose a family size by weighing the pros and cons of alternative family sizes. The three propositions presented and discussed are: (1) when asked to evaluate specific family sizes, people tend to cloak their answers; (2) people who are nonrational (who do not evaluate the differences among family sizes) tend to want larger families; and (3) people tend to become more rational as they build their families. (SDH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
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