ERIC Number: ED101236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Birth Planning Values and Decisions: Preliminary Findings.
Townes, Brenda D.; And Others
The values and processes which underlie people's birth planning decisions were studied via decision theory. Sixty-three married couples including 23 with no children, 33 with one child, and 27 with two children were presented with a large set of personal values related to birth planning decisions. Individuals rated the importance or utility of each value and the subjective probability that each value would be realized if the couple were to elect to have a (another) child in the next two years. The subjective expected utilities were computed and compared between husbands and wives within the same parity between husbands across parities, and between wives across parities. Husbands and wives were remarkably homogeneous with respect to subjective expected utilities associated with birth planning decisions in all of the three parity groups. The motivations for and against child bearing, however, were found to differ as a function of parity among both husbands and wives. (Author)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Family Planning, Motivation, Parent Attitudes, Research Projects, Theories, Values
Dr. Brenda Townes, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (82nd, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 1974)