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Social Psychological Correlates of Urban Fertility

H. Theodore Groat and Arthur G. Neal
American Sociological Review
Vol. 32, No. 6 (Dec., 1967), pp. 945-959
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2092847
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Abstract

From a sample of women who delivered a child in the Toledo metropolitan area during 1962, measures of meaninglessness, powerlessness, normlessness, and social isolation were related to fertility. Positive correlations between alienation variables and fertility were hypothesized within religious and educational categories. Meaninglessness and normlessness were found to differentiate fertility significantly in the hypothesized direction, within both religious and educational categories. Powerlessness was significantly related to fertility as hypothesized among Catholics, but not among Protestants. While exceptions to the high alienation--high fertility hypotheses were noted, the overall findings indicated the relevance of specific alienation variables in differentiating fertility within the broad categories of religion and socioeconomic status.

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