ERIC Number: ED059502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Cribs or Careers? Professionally Employed Married Women's Attitudes toward Motherhood.
Garland, T. Neal; Poloma, Margaret M.
Writers concerned with the topic of overpopulation have suggested that providing women with more challenging occupational careers will help to reduce the birth rate. Such a contention was not supported by this study of 53 families in which the mother is a practicing physician, attorney, or college professor. While 8 of the couples were childless, 4 of them were involuntarily so and the remaining 4 were newly-married. Of the 45 couples with children, the mean family size was 2.4. Ten of the couples with children had plans to have more. Seven couples had 4 or more children. Two women indicated limiting family size because of their career commitments: both reportedly regretted having done so. All 53 professional women rated their roles as mothers as being more important to them than their career roles. None of them expressed resentment over limiting their career activities due to family responsibilities. Suggestions are made for changes in the social structure which could lead to high levels of child-related emotional satisfactions for parents without encouraging them to have large families of their own. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Akron Univ., OH.
Note: Paper presented at American Sociological Association Annual Meeting (66th, Denver, Colo., August 30 - September 2, 1971)