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Pop culture worries mothers

The main concern of U.S. mothers is pop culture’s effect on their children, says a study by the Institute of American Values in New York.

Lead researcher Martha Farrell Erickson of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, said in The Christian Science Monitor (May 6): “We heard mothers talking about the kind of hypersexuality that’s out there, about violence and disrespect, about body image .... What they would like to see is mothers and fathers joining forces more effectively to take on some of these issues.”

In the survey of 2,000 mothers, 95 percent wished that U.S. culture made it easier to instill positive values in children. Most (87 percent) expressed concern about the influence of advertisements on children and, more generally, of the media (88 percent). Respondents agreed that childhood should be protected from large parts of the adult world (86 percent) and that “money has too much control over our lives” (88 percent).

Presented with a list of possible changes to make life better, respondents most often indicated as high priorities: reducing all forms of family violence; enabling mothers to spend more time with their children; and promoting healthy marriages.


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