ERIC Number: ED131131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Fertility Related Attitudes of Minority Mothers with Large and Small Families.
Linn, Margaret W.; And Others
The relationship between certain attitudes and the levels of fertility in five cultural groups was explored in this study. The group studied were blacks, Cubans, American Indians, migrant Chicanos, and white Protestants. Mothers, aged 35-45, with one or two children (small family) or five children (large family) were compared. Attitudes measured included those toward pregnancy, family, abortion, sex, birth control, and parents. Findings indicated that large family mothers were generally more negative toward birth control, sex, and family. Cultures differed significantly on all six attitudes, with attitudes toward abortion and pregnancy being the best discriminators. Significant interactions between culture and size were found on attitudes toward birth control and pregnancy. In general, large families wanted fewer children than they had, and their negative attitudes toward birth control might be related to their ineffective experiences; however, the trend was reversed in the migrant group where small family mothers were more negative toward birth control. Since small family mothers among migrant Chicanos were difficult to find and their estimates of ideal family size were large, it is likely that their negative attitudes toward birth control reflected an aversion to its use. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Abortions, American Indians, Birth Rate, Blacks, Contraception, Cubans, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Ethnic Groups, Family Attitudes, Family Life, Mexican Americans, Migrants, Minority Groups, Mother Attitudes, Mothers, Pregnancy, Protestants, Sexuality, Social Attitudes, Whites
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A