After putting it off for a couple of years, I finally digitized the bibliography MSSA member Armand Mauss put together a few years ago. The process took a while as I didn’t just want to scan the bibliography into an electronic format but also transfer all of the references into reference managing software, like ProCite or EndNote.
I’ve attached several files to this post. First is a PDF copy of the Bibliography with bookmarks for the corresponding sections. I have also attached a Word copy of the same. Additionally, I have attached a .zip file.zip file containing a ProCite database with all of the references broken into groups. Finally, I’ve attached a ZIP file. that contains all of the sections of the bibliography as individual RIS files for importing into a reference manager (it is a pretty universal format for importing references into reference management software).
If you have any questions or problems with the files, let me know.
A: The best data I know of on this question come from a study by Heaton, Goodman, and Holman that was originally published in 1994 and republished in 2001 looking at the characteristics of Mormon families. Their study analyzes data from the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH). Newer data from the NSFH is available, but has yet to be analyzed on this question (as far as I know). Here is the data on the variables you asked about:
|Mormon women||non-Mormon women|
|race (% white, non-Hispanic)||94.3||79.8|
|employment (% gainfully employed)||54.6||55.0|
|mean years of education (12 is a high school degree; any more indicates years of college)||13.0||12.6|
|number of children||2.96||2.04|
|ideal number of children||4.61||2.78|
|% in metropolitan area||49.7||69.8|
|% in West||44.8||45.2|
|% currently married||63.4||53.8|
|% ever divorced||28.1||27.8|
|mean age at marriage||21.0||21.3|
|% who have cohabited||7.9||15.7|
|mean frequency of sexual intercourse (in the last month)||8.0||7.2|
|mean hours spent in household tasks per week (washing laundry, cooking, etc.)||57.4||44.9|
Here is the actual reference for the data if you’d like to look it up and see all of the other information they include: Heaton, Tim B.; Goodman, Kristen L., and Holman, Thomas B. In Search of a Peculiar People: Are Mormon Families Really Different? Cornwall, Marie; Heaton, Tim B., and Young, Lawrence A., Editors. Contemporary Mormonism: Social Science Perspectives. 2nd ed. Illinois : University of Illinois Press; 2001; pp. 87-117.
Another book published by members of the MSSA on this topic is:
Heaton, Tim B.; Bahr, Stephen J., and Jacobson, Cardell K. A Statistical Profile of Mormons: Health, Wealth, and Social Life. New York: Edwin Mellen Press; 2005.
Would you like to see early publication of your work on Mormons from a thesis, dissertation, senior project, or class paper? The Mormon Social Science Association (MSSA) is sponsoring a student paper competition (both undergraduate and graduate) for papers employing social scientific perspectives in the analysis of Mormon social life and culture.
The top three winners will be invited to present their research at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in a session sponsored by the MSSA, and the papers will be published on the MSSA website (www.mormonsocialscience.org). The winners will also receive $300 each to defray travel costs to the conference. In addition, the first place winner will receive a $100 prize, and a summary of his or her paper will be included in the semi-annual MSSA newsletter. Submission of a paper to this MSSA competition will not preclude submission of the same paper to any other competition.
An abstract of about 250 words must be submitted for each entry by December 31, 2005. The abstract should describe the general nature and thesis of the paper, as well as the kind of data on which it will be based. The completed paper, postmarked by March 1, 2006, should be no longer than 30 pages, including tables, notes, and references. Submissions and questions should be sent electronically to email@example.com.
A $10 submission fee is required but the fee includes a 1-year membership in the MSSA and a 1-year subscription to the MSSA newsletter. Winners will be announced within 1 to 2 months of the submission deadline.
A: Unfortunately, we are not the best group to contact for information on this as we deal less with the psychotherapeutic aspects of Mormonism than with the sociological aspects of Mormon life. Nonetheless, based upon our contacts we came up with several sources that may provide additional information.
First would be LDS Family Services. They do not provide any information specifically concerning incest, but they do have information about child abuse:
Their site doesn’t provide email contact information, but there are locations in most of the 50 states and they may have additional information for you.
The majority of the sites and groups that were mentioned by the members of the MSSA deal primarily with polygamy, though some deal with incest resulting from polygamous marriages:
Finally, there are a number of non-LDS related resources that offer support:
Another individual recommended the following text for survivors of incest:
Toxic Parents : Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life by Susan Forward
A: The clearest study examining differences between ‘ideal’ (intended) and ‘actual’ (achieved) family sizes is: Heaton, Tim B., Kristen L. Goodman, and Thomas B. Holman. 2001. “In Search of a Peculiar People: Are Mormon Families Really Different?” Pp. 87-117 in Contemporary Mormonism: Social Science Perspectives, 2nd ed. Editors Marie Cornwall, Tim B. Heaton, and Lawrence A. Young. Illinois: University of Illinois Press.
Heaton et. al., on p. 98 (Table 5.4) show that ideal family size for Mormon males is 3.93 children and for Mormon females it is 4.61. This is contrasted to actual family sizes of 2.64 and 2.96 children for Mormon males and females, respectively. To put this into perspective with the rest of the U.S. population (non-Mormons), the ideal family size for males is 2.72 children and for females 2.78 children; actual family sizes are 1.63 and 2.04 for non-Mormon males and females, respectively.