Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of this study was to examine the extent of social participation of the non-employed wife of the working class man in Hays, Kansas. In the literature on the working class segment of the population one theme seemed to persist. The researchers noted with interest the reluctance of the workingman's wife to become socially active. In reference to the working class the findings of previous studies supported the existence of a positive relationship between social class and social participation. Individuals in the upper social strata were reported to be more active participants in voluntary associations than were individuals in the lower strata. Individuals in the upper social strata also contributed disproportionately to leadership positions in voluntary associations. It was the workingman's wife who seemed to be, as compared to her middle and upper class counterpart, most isolated from the larger society.


Robert R. Witt

Date of Award

Summer 1969

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1969 Rose Marie Arnhold


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