ERIC Number: ED332109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct-7
Reference Count: N/A
Single Mothers by Choice and Inwedlock Mothers: Sex-Role Orientation, Locus of Control, and Social Support.
Holle, Kimberly Ann
An emerging family constellation is the family headed by a "single mother by choice," a structure in which both single marital status and parental status are chosen. This study was conducted to determine whether single mothers by choice (N=12) differed significantly from inwedlock mothers (N=18) regarding their childbearing decisions. Both groups of mothers completed the Bem Sex-Role Inventory (BSRI), the Internal Control Index (ICI) and the Norbeck Social Support Questionnaire (NSSQ). Single mothers by choice and inwedlock mothers were compared on the impact of the cultural forces of persistence (sex-role orientation and locus of control) on the childbearing decision-making process components (the desire to parent and professional concerns), and on the structural forces of persistence on the childbearing decision-making components (social support and economics), rather than on the forces of origination of the variant lifestyle. The findings revealed that inwedlock and single-by-choice mothers differed more by the cultural than by the structural forces of persistence. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Single Parents; Unmarried Parents
Note: Paper presented at the Second Annual Conference on the Family (Worthington, Ohio, October 7, 1988).