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ERIC Number: ED125801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-29
Pages: 22
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The Changing Fertility Pattern of the Mexican Americans.
Hargadine, Carol
While the majority of society has continued to decrease in family size, historically the Mexican American population has continued to maintain an extraordinary fertility and a resulting large family size. This study examined fertility patterns among the Spanish speaking population through a comparative demographic analysis of the 1950-1970 censuses. The Spanish surnamed population was compared state by state throughout the Southwest with the total population. Age and sex composition, dependency and fertility rates, and family size patterns were analyzed, as well as overall rates of growth. Data were obtained primarily from the 1950, 1960, and 1970 Special Reports on Persons of Spanish Surname and the individual State Reports of the 1970 Census of Population for the five Southwestern states. Only comparable tables of these census reports were used for continuity. It was found that while the fertility rate of the total population of the Southwest did in fact increase in 1960, by 1970 the current fertility rate had decreased to levels below that in 1950 in every state throughout the Southwest. The Mexican American decreasing fertility was evidenced in the population pyramids, age composition tables, dependency ratios, child-woman ratios, children ever born per 1,000 women ever married tables, and the average persons per family data analyzed from census data. (AUTHOR/NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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