The term "social science" appears to be taken seriously neither by scientists nor by sociologists. Conditions in social research have justified that lack of confidence, but an increasing group has set about the systematic collection of data on specific social problems and is reaching results capable of objective verification. Three recent studies of the Sociological Division of the Iowa Child Welfare Research Station illustrate this tendency. One of these measures and describes by statistical methods the selective emigration which threatens to impoverish socially certain rural areas of the state. A second study develops by means of partial regression equations the fact that the intellectually and economically successful classes in Iowa have much lower net fecundities than the unsuccessful and the ignorant. A third investigation is developing methods of quantitative analysis of social attitudes and interests.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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"Sociology as a Science,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 29(1), 230-230.
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