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Effects of sociocultural factors on social trends in society


  • This study has not been presented anywhere and has not been published in a journal. The study was conducted within the scope of another study entitled “The psychosocial effects of situations people are involved in,” for which ethics commission approval was obtained. The data was recorded after obtaining the approval of the participants.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Olgun Goktas, Family Health Centre, Uludag University, Gorukle Campus, 16059 Nilufer, Bursa, Turkey. E-mail:


We aimed to determine the effect of gender, age, marital status, number of the people in the household, number of children, and regular reading habits on social trends by using the social trends scale for adults. Economically independent 290 adults were selected on a volunteer basis by family practitioners. Our findings indicate that violence avoidance and economic status were correlated to book reading and having children; and gender, regular reading, and having children have impact on economic status. We conclude that promoting regular reading in society, efforts on protecting the institution of marriage, and counseling services that assist toward normalization of the number of children and promoting knowledge and awareness of parenthood would be beneficial to the social trends in society.