Date of Award:

5-1969

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology

Advisor/Chair:

R. W. Roskelley

Co-Advisor/Chair:

H. B. Bylund

Third Advisor:

C. Jay Skidmore

Abstract

During the 1965-66 school year a study was made of 250 ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students attending the West Seminary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brigham City. The object was to determine the extent to which the Latter-day Saint families in this area were holding the Family Horne Evening Program and what variables influenced their participation.

Sixty percent of those interviewed said they participated in the Family Horne Evening Program when it was first introduced to the Church membership. Eight months later participation had dropped to 40 percent. It was found that patterns of communication within the family affected the frequency of Family Horne Evenings. Families with satisfactory patterns of communication held the program more frequently than those with unsatisfactory or no patterns of communication. Student attitudes also influenced the frequency of home evenings. In addition, the size of the family influenced the frequency of the home evening . Moderate (three to five children) and large (six to eight children) families held the activity most frequently, very large (nine or more children) families ranked next, and small (one to two children) families held the activity least.

The study showed that efforts by the Church authorities to help families hold Family Home Evening Program, through training programs and manuals, were largely ineffective .

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