FSD1255 Mothers of Grown-up Children 2000shortcuts: data collection | citation | publications
Räty, Reetta (Weekly supplement NYT of the daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat)
The data contain the structured parts of a reader survey conducted in 2000 by the weekly supplement NYT of the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. The survey was directed to mothers of grown-up children. Respondents were asked whether they had brought up their children alone or with the father/stepfather and whether they embrace their children when meeting them (physical contact). Opinions on whether they see their children often enough were probed. Questions covered whether children ask for money from their mothers, do mothers have a key to their children's home and vice versa. Respondents were presented with a number of adjectives/statements and asked which ones could be used to describe their children. Mothers also evaluated how well they know their children. Parental behaviour and disciplinary tactics used by the respondents were charted. Respondents were asked what they had taught their children and what kind of activities had they shared with them. Background variables included, among others, the respondent's age, marital status, the number of children, their age and sex.
The number of respondents was 189. Most respondents were married. Respondents represented a variety of occupations and all socioeconomic groups. The sample is not statistically representative of mothers of grown-up children living in Finland.
child care; family life; family relationships; mothers; parent-child relationship; parental attitude; parental role
social psychology; sociology (FSD Topics Classification)
family life and marriage (including household composition and generations); social behaviour and attitudes (CESSDA Topics Classification)
The survey contained several open-ended questions, the responses to which are not included in the data. Letters sent by readers in connection with the survey and the responses of those who filled in a paper questionnaire are not included.
Access to the data granted for scientific and teaching purposes. FSD's access application procedure.
Räty, Reetta (NYT supplement of Helsingin Sanomat)
7.4.2000 - 27.4.2000
Those readers of the NYT supplement of Helsingin Sanomat who are mothers of grown-up children
Volunteer sample. The survey was announced to those readers of the NYT supplement who are mothers and whose children are grown up. Respondents volunteered to participate.
Data: SPSS portable file. Data available also in other file formats.
Data Appraisal and Notes
With Internet surveys it is impossible to control whether anyone responds to the survey more than once. The original Internet questionnaire used in the data collection is no longer available.
The source must be acknowledged in any publication based wholly or in part on the data.
Mothers of Grown-up Children 2000 [computer file]. FSD1255, version 3.0 (2008-10-15). Weekly supplement NYT of the daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat [producer]. Tampere: Finnish Social Science Data Archive [distributor], 2008.
The archive must be informed of all publications where the data have been used.
The depositor and the archive bear no responsibility for any results or interpretations arising from the secondary use of the data.
Räty, Reetta (2000). Ikuinen emo. Helsingin Sanomat, Viikkoliite Nyt 19/2000, 12-17.
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