Attitudes towards the family in Hereford and Worcester. Report for bbc radio Hereford and Worcester: November 2008. Professor Dominic Upton Ms Stella Williamson Psychology and Health Sciences University of Worcester wr2 6AJ



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Attitudes towards the family in Hereford and Worcester.


Report for BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester:
November 2008.
Professor Dominic Upton

Ms Stella Williamson

Psychology and Health Sciences

University of Worcester

Worcester

WR2 6AJ
470 people from across Herefordshire and Worcestershire responded in a postal survey.

Family values


The first section of the questionnaire focused on agreement/disagreement with statements pertaining to family values. A breakdown of responses is provided in table 1 for the responses to the first question. This details the proportion agreeing/disagreeing with each of the statements.
Table 1: Levels of agreement/disagreement with statements referring to

family values




Agree (%)

Disagree (%)

Family values will become less important over the next ten years

54

46

Family includes the extended family e.g. cousins, nephews etc

78

22

There will be a stronger focus on family values over the next ten years by politicians

76

24

Family values will be supported more by the government over the next ten years

60

40

Family values will be accommodated for more in the work place over the next ten years

69

31

Family will become more important for financial support over the next ten years

82

18

Families will become more important for social support over the next ten years

79

21

Families will become more important for emotional support over the next ten years

80

20

Family values are important to me now

98

2

Higher divorce rates are a sign of reduced family values

64

36

Marriage is an important family value

80

20

Those who don’t care for their elderly relatives have weak family values

70

30

Family values will become more important to me over the next ten years.

83

17

In general I am happy with the future facing my family life

83

17

Generally speaking family life is more successful now than it was in my parent’s generation

33

67

In general it is acceptable to have a financially secure 25 year old child living in the family home

70

30

My family is emotionally close

87

13

I am happy with my family living arrangements

90

10



Technology


Table 2 presents the overall sample responses to the technology questions. Of those that expressed a preference, the proportion rating the individual technologies as either positive or negative is indicated.
Table 2: Whole sample comparison of frequency responses for the influence technologies.




Negative

Positive

Television

40

60

Radio

88

12

Email

81

19

Personal computer

63

37

Telephone

90

10

Text messaging services

75

25

Internet social groups

36

64

Other internet services

40

60

DVD player

70

30

Games console

25

75

Car

93

7

Overall technology

81

19





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