Family and Population Control Study: Puerto Rico, 1953-1954 (ICPSR 7062)

Published: Nov 13, 2009

Principal Investigator(s):
Kurt W. Back; Reuben Hill; J. Mayone Stycos

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This study was conducted in 1953 and 1954 in both urban and rural areas of Puerto Rico. The interviews explored the relationship between husband and wife in questions about family organization and role, degree of intimacy, sexual relations, and satisfaction with the marriage. Further variables probed attitudes toward children: ideal family size, the importance of children in marriage, and parent-child relations. The study also examined the respondents' attitudes toward birth control, knowledge of where to obtain birth control materials, and birth control methods the respondents used. Derived measures include several Guttman scales. Of the total sample, 566 interviews were conducted with wives only, and 322 with husbands and wives together.

Back, Kurt W., Hill, Reuben, and Stycos, J. Mayone. Family and Population Control Study:  Puerto Rico, 1953-1954. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-11-13.

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1953 -- 1954

1953 -- 1954

Two sampling designs were used in this study: an area probability sample to determine the extent and knowledge of contraception, and a quota sample drawn to include a sufficient number of families with different birth control experiences. The quota sample was selected from two subsamples of families that had attended outpatient departments and pre-maternal clinics of nine public health centers representing different regions (seven rural, two urban) of Puerto Rico. These families fell into four different categories: those who had never used birth control devices, active users of these devices, those who had stopped using methods of birth control, and those who had been sterilized. In addition, the quota sample was stratified by rural-urban residence and length of marriage.

Nuclear families in Puerto Rico, with the husband and wife married 5 to 20 years and living together, having at least one child, and with an education level of six grades or less.

personal interviews

survey data



2009-11-13 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

1984-05-10 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


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