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Family Size and Stability as Antecedents of Homelessness and Excessive Drinking
Howard M. Bahr
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 31, No. 3 (Aug., 1969), pp. 477-483
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/349769
Page Count: 7
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Men from large families and from broken homes have been described as overrepresented in skidrow and alcoholic populations. A reassessment of the linkage between these variables based on (1) survey data from two skid-row populations and a control sample of lower-class men, and (2) a reinterpretation of some of the findings of previous investigators, leads to the conclusion that neither the broken home nor the large family are, in themselves, significant factors in the etiology of homelessness and excessive drinking.
Journal of Marriage and Family © 1969 National Council on Family Relations