ERIC Number: ED167919
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Motherhood Inventory: A Questionnaire for Studying Attitudes Toward Motherhood.
Hare-Mustin, Rachel T.; Broderick, Patricia C.
The Motherhood Inventory (MI) is a 40-item questionnaire developed to study attitudes toward motherhood and the motherhood myth. It includes items related to the control of reproduction, abortion, adoption, single motherhood, male-female relationships, and idealized and punitive attitudes toward mothers. The MI was investigated using 301 subjects drawn largely from undergraduate and graduate students at an Eastern Catholic University and their parents. Comparisons with scores on the Spence-Helmreich Attitudes toward Women Scale (AWS) revealed that the sample was more liberal than the original AWS sample. Men held significantly more traditional attitudes toward motherhood than women. Younger subjects also agreed more with the myth of motherhood. Catholics more than non-Catholics rejected abortion and supported the primacy of the woman's role as mother. Education produced the most pronounced effect on attitudes toward motherhood, with college graduates holding more liberal attitudes. (HLM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Attitudes Toward Women Scale; Motherhood Inventory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (86th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1978)