Does Family Size Affect Academic Achievement?

Though increasing modifications of thought and behavior regarding the importance of the family abound in the United States, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has stressed the importance of family life since its inception. In a time when marriage and family solidarity are being questioned as important values by many groups in the social spectrum, numerous Mormon couples have expressed increasing pressures to modify their traditional beliefs and decrease their family size as part of their own personal solution to growing world problems. Not only has government pressure been applied in various parts of the world against larger families, but public magazines and professional journals alike have generally reported the need for small families in contemporary society as an answer to the “population explosion,” especially where this concern for space and resources relates to matters of education.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 18:4
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