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ERIC Number: ED128531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Family Size and the Black American.
Population Bulletin, v30 n4 1975
In the past, many family planning and population organizations have paid relatively little attention to black fears of birth control coercion and to the writings, speeches, and attitudes that have resulted. Nor have they considered the history and reasons for black sensitivity on the subject of planned family size. This bulletin puts some of these issues and concepts into context within the American scene. It explores the present spectrum of opinion among black leaders and the cultural and political backgrounds that have influenced current thought. The responses of blacks in putting family planning into practice are also outlined, together with some probable trends in family size. It is concluded that, at present, black women are more influenced in the practice of rejection of family planning methods by the practical considerations of bearing and raising children than by any abstract political and philosophical questions on either side. But, some black men may look at issues differently. A New England study indicates that black males under 30 are both more likely to concur with the genocide-conspiracy theory and be more hesitant about condoning the limitation of black family size than are older black males. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Birth Rate, Black Attitudes, Black History, Black Leadership, Black Organizations, Contraception, Family Planning, Feminism, Group Status, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Political Issues, Population Trends, Public Opinion, Values
Population Reference Bureau, Inc., 1754 N Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($1.13)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Population Reference Bureau, Inc., Washington, DC.