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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Graham, Frances Hilt
URN etd-03122013-040044
Title A comparative study of users and non-users of chemical pesticides among middle-class urban women in Roanoke and Richmond, Virginia, based on educational attainment and other selected variables.
Degree Master of Science
Department Extension Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gruenhagen, R. H. Committee Chair
Heckel, Maynard C. Committee Member
Moore, Paul J. Committee Member
Van Dresser, W. R. Committee Member
  • pesticide use
Date of Defense 1967-05-05
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Of the 394 urban women, over three-fourths (77.4 per cent) were users of pesticides, whereas almost one-fourth (22.6 per cent) were non-users.

The ages of the respondents ranged from 15-19 years to over 70 years. The median age for users was 48 years and 51 years for non-users. There was no significant difference in the ages groups of users and non-users.

The place of early residence (before 18 years of age) had no significant influence as to whether the woman was a user or non-user of pesticides. A majority of middle class urban women spent the early years of residence in the city.

The median years of school completed by middle class urban women was 12.M. The users of pesticides had attained a significantly higher educational level than had the nonusers. High and low education levels were used as variables and comparisons of certain data were made on that basis.

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