Date of Award:

1-1-1986

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Family, Consumer, and Human Development

Advisor/Chair:

Jane McCullough

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors related to ownership and frequency of use of small electrical kitchen appliances. Data were collected from 116 Women's Week participants and 61 Adult Leaders' School participants who completed a self-administered survey questionnaire.

The 177 homemakers owned a total of 2500 appliances with a mean of 14.15 appliances per homemaker. The number of small electrical appliances owned ranged from 3 to 33 items.

No significant differences were found in the number of small electrical kitchen appliances owned and employment status of the homemaker, educational level of the homemaker, income level of the household, and length of marriage. No significant differences were found in the frequency of use of small electrical kitchen appliances and employment status of the homemaker, educational level of the homemaker, income level of the household, and number of children. There was a significant difference in the frequency of use of small electrical kitchen appliances and method of acquisition, convenience of storage, perceived time-saving ability, and likelihood to repair or replace an item if broken.

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