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Results of Study on Former Second Generation Members of the Family

from Jules - Thursday, January 13, 2005
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In March, 2004, Christina Egholm, a graduate student from the University of Aarhus in Denmark, prepared a questionnaire for users of The results of the survey were to be analyzed in her Master's degree thesis. The main topic of her study is former second generation members of The Family and their use of the Internet, especially this web site.

Christina has sent us some preliminary results from her research, with permission to post these documents online.

For more information on this study, please contact:

Christina Egholm


[Below are] some statistics (and a brief summary) from my survey and thesis. Although the survey officially ended in the summer time, answers are still coming in - right now I have about 150 excellent responses and I will, of course, keep collecting and saving every single response.

I hope to be able to translate the thesis from Danish before long, but until then you have this information. I have not included any 'sensitive' data - all personal, open questions have been excluded in order to keep all respondents anonymous.

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from Christina
Friday, January 21, 2005 - 14:42


There was a mistake in the edition of the statistics available here. Question "S26" (What are your feelings towards TF today), two of the variables had been mixed up. The correct result of this question, which was answered by 114 former second generation members, is thus:

Very positive



Somewhat positive






Somewhat negative



Very negative



(I hope the diagram works...)

I am sorry for the inconvenience - the correct document will soon be uploaded.
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from Bella
Thursday, January 13, 2005 - 13:18

Thanks for clearing that up Christina. I was wondering the same thing but it makes sense why you can't show closer cross-references. Thanks for putting this together and good luck with the rest of it!
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from a thought
Thursday, January 13, 2005 - 12:58

I quickly glanced over these results and I highly suspect that the two CM respondents may be the same two who indicated that they received a "very good education" in TF. They are also likely among the few who responded that children in TF were/are "disciplined adequately." Perhaps they are among the 3 who still have "very positive feelings" toward TF. This is something to check out for statistical purposes.
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From Christina
Thursday, January 13, 2005, 13:11


Hello there,

Let me clear this up for you straight away. Neither of the 2 CM respondents claimed to have received a "very good" education (but both found it "OK"). One found the disciplining of children to have been "far too much", while the other found it "adequate" (strange term, I know - sorry!). And finally, neither of these respondents answered the question about feelings toward TF today, since it was only for former members.

I am sorry that I cannot make the statistics available in a way that would allow you all to make cross-references like this. I am afraid that it would create problems when it comes to anonymity. If you can see all the answers of one specific respondent (albeit to closed questions only), someone might be able to recognise the person in question. I hope you all understand why I cannot let that happen.

I will, however, be happy to clear up things like this - where noone can actually be identified.

All the best,
Christina Egholm(reply to this comment

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