1975 Los Angeles County Study of Motivations, Roles, and Family Planning of Women
Investigators: Linda J. Beckman

The study contains data collected in 1975 from a Los Angeles County representative sample of 583 married women in their childbearing years (age 18 through 49). Information collected includes contraceptive perceptions and usage, sex- role attitudes and behaviors, fertility and fertility preferences, perceived satisfactions and costs of children, perceived satisfactions and costs of motherhood, and perceived values of employment. The overall refusal rate for the study was 20.6%. Comparison of the demographic characteristics of the sample with similar data both from the 1970 Los Angeles County Census and from more recent county-representative surveys and population estimates shows that differences between the characteristics of the present sample and the more general county distribution on demographic variables are well within tolerable limits.

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