Family Growth in Metropolitan America

Family Growth in Metropolitan America

by Charles F. Westoff


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This analysis is based upon a study of 1,165 couples, all of whom had two children by the time of the interviews and lived in one of the Standard Metropolitan Areas. Its findings shed new light on the relationship between fertility-planning behavior and such variables as socio-economic status, social mobility aspirations, adherence to traditional values, interest in religion, marital adjustment, amount of education, and feelings of personal adequacy. A resurvey is planned for three years later, to analyze subsequent attitudes and behavior.

Originally published in 1961.

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ISBN-13: 9780691625737
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/08/2015
Series: Office of Population Research , #1953
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

  • Frontmatter, pg. i
  • Foreword, pg. vii
  • Preface, pg. ix
  • Contents, pg. xiii
  • Tables, pg. xv
  • Chapter I. Background, Objectives, and Approach, pg. 5
  • Chapter II. Study and Sample Design, pg. 16
  • Chapter III. Methodology, pg. 29
  • Introduction to Part II, pg. 43
  • Chapter IV. Fecundity, pg. 45
  • Chapter V. Contraception, pg. 70
  • Chapter VI. Birth Intervals, pg. 103
  • Chapter VII. Preferred Birth Intervals, pg. 115
  • Chapter VIII. Desired Family Size, pg. 136
  • Chapter IX. Summary of the Fertility Variables, pg. 149
  • Chapter X. Concepts and Hypotheses, pg. 163
  • Chapter XI. Religion, Class, and Fertility, pg. 178
  • Chapter XII. Religiousness, pg. 194
  • Chapter XIII. Socio-Economic Status, pg. 212
  • Chapter XIV. Social Mobility, pg. 237
  • Chapter XV. Residence and Migration, pg. 263
  • Chapter XVI. Age and Sex Composition of the Family, pg. 282
  • Chapter XVII. Social Relations within the Family, pg. 298
  • Chapter XVIII. Personality Characteristics, pg. 314
  • Chapter XIX. Summary Multivariate Analysis, pg. 320
  • Chapter XX. The Next Phase of the Study, pg. 339
  • Appendix A. Supplement to Chapter IV, pg. 347
  • Appendix Β. Supplement to Chapter V, pg. 359
  • Appendix C. Index Construction, pg. 379
  • Appendix D. Significance Levels of Correlation Coefficients, pg. 423
  • Appendix Ε. Related Publications, pg. 424
  • Author Index, pg. 426
  • Subject Index, pg. 428

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