Behavior: Measuring Morals

Unwed mothers are often condemned by legislators and the public as women of easy morals who spend the rest of their lives promiscuously producing illegitimate children for the welfare rolls. Partly true; partly not. According to a recent study of 205 New York City mothers (10% of them white), which was reported last week at the National Conference on Social Welfare, fewer than half of them turn out that way. As Mignon Sauber, research director of the Community Council of Greater New York, points out, the conventional picture of these women is vastly exaggerated.

More than half the mothers in her...

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