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ERIC Number: ED081485
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 16
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How Much Do Mothers Love Their Children?
Cameron, Paul
A total of 225 mothers, ages 19 to 64, were asked how they felt about their children (N=309): (1) upon knowledge of pregnancy, (2) at the quickening, (3) at birth, and (4) at the time of the interview. Results contradict some of the rationale behind the current liberalized abortion arguments by showing that initially unwanted children are loved as much by their mothers as initially wanted children. While 8% of the mothers studied were most distressed, and 28% were ecstatic upon learning of pregnancy, maternal affection for the child grew with the quickening and increased by the time of birth. At the time of the interview, no differences were apparent between the two polar groups of mothers along the dimension of expressed love for the child. Other questions discussed include: (1) Do mothers favor the firstborn?; (2) Does the mother's age affect her affection for the child?; and (3) How do women usually feel when they discover they are pregnant? (Author/ST)
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