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Document Type

Dissertation - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department / School

Rural Sociology

First Advisor

Linda Baer


This research was an investigation of the relationship of selected social indicators to variations in the rates of infant mortality in the region comprising the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana. In addition to regional and state considerations special attention was given to variations in infant mortality rates with respect to the racial composition of counties within the area under examination. Quality-of life factors also were examined in the research. The data analysis revealed significant differences in quality-of-life indicators between the states in the region. Generally, the state of South Dakota exhibited a lower quality-of-life as measured by the particular variables employed in the data analysis. Counties with high proportions of Indians were found to have higher rates of infant mortality. Moreover, it was found that the greater ·the racial heterogeneity of a states [sic] population the more statistically significant the association between individual measures of quality-of-life and the infant mortality rate.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Infants -- South Dakota -- Mortality
Infants -- North Dakota -- Mortality
Infants -- Montana -- Mortality




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