ERIC Number: ED110248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Aug-24
Reference Count: 0
Nonmetropolitan Industrial Location and the Incidence of Mental Disorder. Center of Applied Sociology, Working Paper RID 75.8.
Snipp, C. Matthew
The relationship between the rate of social change and the incidence of mental disorder was analyzed for a 10 percent regional sample of U.S. counties (N=279) with a non-metropolitan status as of 1950. Data collected in 1950, 1960, and 1970 were derived from the Censuses of Government, Manufacturers, and Population, as well as from Vital Statistics and other government documents. State agencies were surveyed for data on the incidence of mental disorder. Variables under study were changes in: (1) median family income; (2) income inequality; (3) median education; (4) manufacturing (initial status vs post industry); (5) occupations (percent of residents employed in agriculture and percent self and (6) rate of mental disorder. It was theorized that alterations in these dimensions and (6) rate of mental disorder. It was theorized that alternations in these dimensions imply a basic realignment of social patterns and habits with an increased potential for social disorganization and pathology. Analysis indicated that changes, self-employment excepted, were conducive to increased levels of mental disorder in rural areas. These structural changes, especially in the area of occupational change, were found to be "powerfully" related to changes in manufacturing; however, it was surmised that since interpretation of social change is difficult at best, the relationship between industry and mental disorder is less than simple. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Coll. of Agricultural and Life Sciences.; North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Ames, IA.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center of Applied Sociology.
Note: Paper prepared for the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, San Francisco, California, August 21-24, 1975