Department of Home Ecnomics
The main objectives of the study were to learn about the management and decision-making practices of young rural and urban South Dakota families. Data were collected from 38 families randomly chosen during the spring of 1968 from 10 southeastern South Dakota counties. They were Aurora, Bon Homme, Brule, Clay, Davison, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Turner, and Yankton counties. By use of a table of random numbers the families were selected from the personal property tax listings in each county. In addition the school assessor's list was checked to see if any children were present in the household. To qualify for the study the wife had to be under 35 years of age and have one or more children. After selection each family was sent a letter indicating that they had been randomly selected and that an interviewer would contact them soon. Data were collected by personal interview by selected home economics extension agents from the 10 counties, state home economics extension personnel, and the writer. Time per interview averaged about two hours. Each family was asked questions about values and goals, decision making, financial security, management of money, allocation of income, homemaking skills, buymanship, as well as leisure time activities, community participation, and demographic information. A second call was made to some households or the homemaker mailed eight pages of the questionnaire to the interviewer.
South Dakota family decision making, young South Dakota families
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
McCandless, B. J., "Management and Decision Making Practices of 38 Young South Dakota Families" (1971). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 593.