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    Birth control in popular twentieth-century periodicals.

    Barnes RL

    Family Coordinator. 1970 Apr; 19(2):159-164.

    Spurned as a subject unfit for even private conversation, let alone the pages of a magazine, in the early twentieth century, birth control is now discussed openly in every kind of communications medium. In the early years of the birth control movement, however, only journals which enjoyed some kind of financial security would dare include such an inflammatory subject. As Americans encountered economic difficulties in the 1930s and adopted a more enlightened view of sexual relations, birth control became an acceptable topic, even to those who opposed the practice. Public acceptance of and interest in the issue has been reflected in periodical coverage of the subject. (author's)
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    Public and private opinion on population and family planning.

    Stycos JM

    Studies in Family Planning. 1970 Mar; 1(51):10-17.

    The success of efforts to deal with the problem of world population growth will depend heavily on the extent to which national populations and their leaders are convinced of the seriousness of the problem. The concept of "opinion" on any public issue may conveniently be classified as public or private opinion, and again according to whether it refers to the opinion of elites or of the general population. Characteristics sources of data for the resulting four types are as follows: (1) Newspapers Books (Public-Elites); (2) "Inquiring Photographer" type interview (Public-General Population); (3) Unstructured interview (Private-Elites); and (4) Poll type interview (Private-General Population). It is usually assumed that the "private, anonymous, and confidential" interview provides us with the most "valid" data, or at least the data best predictive of behavior. There is little reason to assume either. Certainly the public opinion of politicians or of other public figures is more predictive of their behavior than their private opinions, just as the articulations of an Indian woman in the presence of her in-laws might be a better predictor of her fertility than her more "honest" private thoughts articulated to a stranger with a notebook. Unfortunately, opinion data in the population sphere are heavily concentrated in category four (poll type surveys of the general population) and rarest of all in category two, public interviews with the general population (e.g., "man-on-the-street," television, or radio interviews in which the respondent is aware that his comments are being broadcast). For this reason, the present paper will deal only with categories one, three, and four, insofar as they relate to opinions on population size and growth on the one hand, and to opinions on birth control and family planning on the other. (excerpt)
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    U.S. population growth as an abstractly-perceived problem.

    Barnett LD

    Demography. February 1970; 7(1):53-60.

    A survey of 134 adult women, in a small and isolated American community, living in a limited-income family housing project suggests that the view of continued population growth as a problem is more strongly held than the view that the couple has a responsibility to limit its fertility because of overpopulation. Concern with population growth is only loosely associated with acceptance of the attitude of individual responsibility. Among subgroups of respondents, Catholics were more likely to hold a negative attitude toward population growth than to possess the individual responsibility view. They exhibited a correlation between the 2 attitudes. Protestants were distinguished by no difference in or correlation between the acceptance of the 2 attitudes. A correlation between the attitudes was especially pronounced among Catholics with high achievement values. The author suggests that measures explicitly intended to control population growth probably cannot be adopted until there is a strong correlation between the 2 attitudes.(Author's, modified)
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