Excerpt from The Nutrition and Care of Children in a Mountain County of Kentucky
It was usually the mother but sometimes the father who was inter viewed by the agent of the Children's Bureau. Often, indeed, the two answered the questions together, the mother supplying the informa tion about the. Child's personal habits and the father contributing facts about the garden, the milk, and general farm matters. As a rule the agent's visit was expected, for contact had already been made with the children through the school, and word concerning the pur pose of the inquiry and the intention of the agents to visit the parents had been carried home. The reception of the agents in the homes was invariably courteous, and answers to all the questions were freely given.
Whatever difficulties arose in securing accurate data came not from unwillingness on the part of the mothers to give the information but from the fact that they did not know their children's habits, par ticularly in regard to food. I put the food on the table; I don't pay no 'tention to what nobody eats, was a not infrequent response. The mother, however, always knew what she had cooked, and she usually knew what the younger children ate, and the older children could supply the needed data regarding their own food. Since the agents were specialists in nutrition, they were able to supplement the schedule inquiries by further questions regarding essential points. It is believed, therefore, that the information secured is as accurate as can be obtained by the schedule method.
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