ERIC Number: ED107388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Marital and Procreative Projections of Northeast Alabama Youth: A Historical Comparison, 1966-1972.
Dunkelberger, J. E.
As part of a larger effort to determine marital and procreative trends in the South, an historical comparison was made of two samples of Northeast Alabama high school seniors. Similar questionnaires were group administered to all seniors present on the prescribed contact day in 19 randomly selected high schools in 1966 and again in 1972. The study population was predominantly white residing in rural areas and small towns (Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, and Marshall Counties). Questionnaire items included the following components: (1) Desired age at marriage; (2) Desired number of children; (3) Desires as to wife working after marriage; (4) Attitude toward women working with no small children in the family; (5) Importance of marriage and family in the value structure; and (6) Attitude toward a mother working if the family could use the money for necessities. Findings indicated that the attitudes of youth in the more current of the two samples were different from their predecessors on most variables considered, as they were oriented toward younger marriages and smaller families, and they accepted and approved the working wife and mother. It was found that the acceptance of urbanized attitudes and values was widespread, and it was projected that this will continue to be the case, particularly as additional employment opportunities for women develop in rural areas. (JC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Auburn Univ., AL. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama