Family Design

Family Design

by Lee Rainwater
     
 

Why do contraceptive practices work for some couples and not for others? How do couples decide the number of children they want? What are the implications of family design in terms of the "population explosion?" Family Design is a thoroughly documented study undertaken by Social Research, Inc., for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Overview

Why do contraceptive practices work for some couples and not for others? How do couples decide the number of children they want? What are the implications of family design in terms of the "population explosion?" Family Design is a thoroughly documented study undertaken by Social Research, Inc., for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Based on intensive interviews with 409 husbands and wives, it applies the framework of family sociology to a problem that has previously been studied mainly from the demographic point of view.

Using social class, conjugal role organization and religion as control variables, the author explores in detail role concepts of husband and wife, sexual relations, cultural determinants, family size norms, personal motivations and contraceptive practices, and relates these factors to family planning.

Family Design is an accurate barometer of current attitudes toward family planning for professional family planning workers, social scientists and everyone who is alert to the implications of family size and population trends in our society.

Lee Rainwater is professor emeritus of sociology at Harvard University and research director of the Luxembourg Income Study. He was one of the original founders of Transaction. He has been associate editor of Journal of Marriage and the Family and on the review board of Sociological Quarterly. He was written various books and in many professional journals.

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From the Publisher
“The main strength of this book lies in its sociological hypotheses concerning the reasons for differences in fertility rates and in prevalence and effectiveness of family planning by social class, religion, and color… [T]he author has served an important function in pointing up the need for sociological as well as psychological approaches to the study of human fertility.” —Clyde V. Kiser, American Sociological Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202309378
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
07/20/2007
Pages:
349
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

Meet the Author

Lee Rainwater is professor emeritus of sociology at Harvard University and research director emeritus of the Luxembourg Income Study. He was an editor at Transaction, the associate editor of theJournal of Marriage and the Family, and a member of the review board of Sociological Quarterly. He has written various books and many professional journal articles, including Poor Kids in a Rich Country: America’s Children In Comparative Perspective; Income Packaging in the Welfare State: A Comparative Study of Family Income; and Social Policy and Public Policy: Inequality and Justice.

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