ERIC Number: ED150072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Behavioral Values and Family Structure in American Society.
Schwerin, Karl H.
Looking at holiday observances and patterns of contact and interaction among kinsmen, this paper examines the values middle class people hold about both close and distant kinsmen and investigates how consistent their actual behavioral patterns are to these expressed values. A questionaire was constructed and administered to a class of predominantly undergraduate students. Thirty-nine students responded to the questionaire; 26 of the respondents were male, 13 were female. The ages ranged from 19 and 28, with the mean age being 22.4 years. Within this sample, the nuclear family continues to retain primacy. Also, extended family ties are maintained by a significant minority of the sample. Extended ties are not important in the context of daily activities, but are for holidays and special ceremonial occasions. A more restricted range of extended kin is also included in practices of gift exchange, telephone contact, and correspondence. Kin ties are maintained with approximately equal members of maternal and paternal kin. The sample was small and from a select population; what is needed now is to test these findings with a larger random sample drawn from the general population. (Author/JK)
Descriptors: College Students, Extended Family, Family Attitudes, Family Characteristics, Family Income, Family Influence, Family Involvement, Family Life, Family Relationship, Family (Sociological Unit), Family Structure, Group Dynamics, Human Relations, Middle Class, Middle Class Standards, Middle Class Students, Social Behavior, Social Values, Sociology, Values
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Anthropological Association (San Diego, California, April 6-9, 1977)