Family and Class in a London Suburb

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APPENDIX I
METHODS OF SAMPLING
As explained in the Introduction, the three main samples in this inquiry were as follows:
1. The old age sample -- a sample of 210 people of 'pensionable age' or over (65 for men, 60 for women) drawn from the records of six doctors' practices in the Borough of Wanstead and Woodford.
2. The general sample -- a random sample of 939 people, drawn from the electoral register, of the adult population in the Borough of Wanstead and Woodford.
3. The marriage sample -- a sub-sample, drawn from the general sample, of parents with at least two children under 15.

The methods of sampling and the representativeness of the samples are now discussed for each in turn.


The old age sample

The method used to draw this sample was the same as that used by Townsend in Bethnal Green, with one exception. Instead of taking an initial sample from doctors' practices in Woodford, we approached the six general practitioners who were members of the College of General Practitioners.1 Had the six practices in which these members worked seemed to be very different from the other twenty-two practices in Woodford, we could not have proceeded in this way, but as far as we could judge they were not. The six practices were geographically scattered throughout the district, so that a sample drawn from them was likely to include people from all parts of Wanstead and Woodford. And officials of the Essex Executive Council of the National Health Service whom we consulted told us that the practices were 'fairly representative of Health Service practices in the area', a view which seemed to be

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We are grateful to the Research Committee of the College for their help.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • I- Profile of a Suburb 1
  • II- House-Centred Couples 15
  • III- Generations Apart 28
  • IV- Are the Parents Deserted? 36
  • V- Growing Old without Children 51
  • VI- Mothers and Daughters 61
  • VII- Class and Family Visiting 77
  • VIII- The Organization of Sociability 87
  • IX- The Pattern of Friendship 99
  • X- The Tensions of Social Class 111
  • XI- In Conclusion -- Life in a Suburb 123
  • Appendix I- Methods of Sampling 133
  • Appendix 2- Interviewers'' Instructions and Interview Schedule for General Survey 139
  • Appendix 3- Effects of Social Mobility 159
  • Appendix 4- Additional Tables 168
  • Appendix 5- Tests of Statistical Significance 172
  • Appendix 6 178
  • Index 181
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