How do the components of educational attainment levels, philosophical

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  1. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 8 years ago
    leanings, intelligence levels, life/goal aspirations, personal psychologiy, and socioeconomic levels influence family size?

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It may be just a stereotype, but it seems that increased education levels are coupled with life/goal aspirations for increased socioeconomic levels and that generally means increased work loads for both parents which in turn means fewer children.  Plus, of course, children are very expensive monetarily and that will negatively affect any aspiration for socioeconomic ladder climbing.

      Intelligence can perhaps be very loosely associated with increased schooling (VERY loosely) and thus have a small effect as well because of that, but in general has little effect on family size.

      I am unaware of any personal psychology generalization that can be made as to family size.

    2. janesix profile image60
      janesixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      statistically, the more money you make, the less kids you have

      there are plenty of studies that show that

      why? i don't know.

      I assume it has something to do with the parent's ability to delay gratification(in order to keep up thier life style,you would need to put your business first)

      intelligence, you would know it's better and easier to take care of less children

      1. gmwilliams profile image84
        gmwilliamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Exactly, people who have small families tend to be more educated and intelligent.  They know the importance of planning to have the amount of children they can support and provide for beyond the mere rudiments. Yes, such people have the intelligence to believe in delayed gratification; they know that if they cannot afford children, they wait until they can. People who have small families believe in financial planning for their children's futures. They also believe in investing for their children educationally, culturally, and economically.  They want the better things of life for their children. 

        On the other hand, people who have have large families tend to be less educated.  They also tend to be poorer socioeconomically.  Studies have conclusively proven that there is a strict correlation between poverty and large families.  With this combined influences of poverty and large families, children in such environments are disadvantaged from the start.  Such children also tend to gravitate towards deleterious activities such as juvenile delinquency, gangs,etc.   

        As their parents are poorly educated, they also follow the familial pattern as far as education goes.  People  who have large families seem not to care about the welfare of their children.  They have quite a lackadaisical attitude.  They DON'T plan.  If they cannot afford to support and provide for their children, so what? They do not care if their children grow up in poverty and want.  All they are concerned about are having children without considering the psychological, sociocultural, and socioeconomic ramifications.  Not intelligent whatsoever.

        People from large families tend to be the least educated and socioeconomically poorer overall than those from small families who tend to be the most educated and the most affluent socioeconomically.   Janesix, you have made some excellent points.

        1. janesix profile image60
          janesixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          So have you.

          And it's hard to break the cycle.

          1. gmwilliams profile image84
            gmwilliamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            It IS.  My maternal uncle, the second of ten children, had eight children.  His children are the poorest and least educated.  They also received outside help in order to live at a barely subsistent level.  The only one who made something of herself was the youngest one.  The children followed the familial pattern in having large families themselves.  Very sad.

        2. wilderness profile image95
          wildernessposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Disregarding those with very large families and extremely poor as a result, to the point of requiring welfare, can you explain why you consider it more "intelligent" to want 3 cars, a boat and an RV rather than an extra couple of children?  Or what the level of education has to do with that choice?

          We all want different things and spend our income on different wants.  I fail to understand the connection to either intelligence OR education in that.  It's almost like saying that the childless couple is smarter because they want the short term satisfaction of material possessions and social standing rather than a loving family that will last a lifetime.


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