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ERIC Number: ED192206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Childless Males and Their Childbearing Attitudes.
Birky, Ian T.
Heretofore, researchers have perceived women as the ones concerned with having children, generally excluding males from their samples. In order to look at male attitudes on childbearing, an investigation was conducted on personality differences between childless males preferring children within five years of marriage and those preferring to delay childbearing for a longer period of time. A pilot study questionnaire located childless males and divided them into two groups of 25 subjects each with respect to preferred childbearing following anticipated or present marriage. Subjects completed the Firo-B, the Nowicki-Duke Internal-External Locus of Control Scale, and a demographic-attitude questionnaire. A significant difference was found, indicating that males preferring to delay childbearing wanted fewer children than those preferring children more immediately. Quantitatively measured attitudes on childbearing were not found to differentiate males of childbearing preferences. Males were found to have realistic attitudes with respect to childbearing and were enthusiastic subjects who discussed why they preferred children, reasons why persons might not want children, and issues of concern directly related to their own plans for childbearing. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Firo B Scale; Nowicki Duke Locus of Control Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association (26th, Oklahoma City, OK, April 10-12, 1980).