FAMILY SIZE IDEALS OF CANADIANS: A METHODOLOGICAL NOTE*

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    Acknowledgements: Data analysed in this paper were obtained from the Carleton University Social Science Data Archives, which, as part of its data collection services, acquired the data from the Canadian Intsitute of Public Opinion. The author also thanks Professor John deVries for discussions on results of the data analysis. Responsibility for the interpretation rests with the author.

Abstract

A partir de données recueillies par le sondage d'opinion Canadian Gallup sur le nombre d'enfants par famille considéré comme idéal, cet article suggère que la moyenne de 4.2 enfants par famille, statistique de 1960 fréquemment citée, est faussement exagérée. L'auteur compare les données du sondage de 1960 à celle d'un sondage antérieur (1957). Elle compare aussi les données de récents sondages canadien et américain sur la dimension idéale de la famille.

Using data from Canadian Gallup Poll questions on the number of children considered ideal, this paper suggests that the frequently cited 1960 figure of 4.2 children is erroneously inflated. The discussion compares responses in 1960 to responses of an earlier 1957 poll. Comparisons are also made between American and Canadian responses to recent questions on ideal family size.

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