ERIC Number: ED226822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Midwives as a Source of the Stereotypic Mother Image.
A study was conducted to measure the extent to which Finnish midwives accept the "mother myth," or the stereotypical beliefs of mothers who idealize motherhood. A set of 45 statements about motherhood was administered to 382 Finnish midwives who were given 30 minutes to read the statements and indicate the extent of their agreement on a five-point scale. Principal component factoring and varimax rotation were applied to the data in order to describe the main dimensions in the mother myth. Analyses of variance were applied to midwives' factor scores in order to study the effects of midwives' age, marital status, motherhood status, and work. Results are discussed and compared with the results of similar earlier studies of mothers' attitudes toward motherhood. It is concluded that, since little difference between the responses of midwives and mothers was found, midwives are not the main source of mother-myth attitudes. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Defense Mechanisms; Finland; Idealization; Parenthood
Note: Paper presented at the Workshop on Sex Roles, World Federation for Mental Health (Manila, July 27-August 1, 1981).