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ERIC Number: ED132223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Attitudes Toward Family Planning Programs for the Black Community.
Rosenman, Martin F.
A pilot survey, administered in 1972, was designed to assess a rough cross section of attitudes toward birth control in both black and white neighborhoods. A survey of 41 male and 39 female white residents of Decatur, Georgia, was conducted primarily to get an indication of how attitudes held by whites relate to feelings about family planning programs for black people. Another objective was to compare the attitudes of black people and white people toward government, family planning, and new, radical birth control proposals. An 87-item interview was administered to all of the respondents by one white female interviewer. Interviews with 41 male and 40 female black residents were conducted by 11 black interviewers. Several questions appeared on both the white and black survey questionnaires, making comparisons possible. The statement that "whites practice birth control more often than blacks" was endorsed by 69 percent of the black sample and by 85 percent of the white sample. Agreement with the view that "poverty programs are a way of keeping poor people quiet" was expressed by 64 percent of males, regardless of race and by 41 percent of black and 27 percent of white females. The interview was revised based on the results of the pilot survey, additional review of printed literature related to opposition to family planning in the black community, and the selection of several appropriate questions used by other investigators. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia