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ERIC Number: ED134921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Sep
Pages: 22
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Values of Parenthood Among Women Who Want an Only Child.
Beckman, Linda J.
The desire for only one child runs counter to the prevailing social norms, and understanding of such mothers' motives may illuminate their interactions with and influences on the only child. In the present study a sample of 583 married women aged 18 to 49 was interviewed to examine (1) the incidence of women desiring only children and the sociodemographic factors associated with this desire, and (2) the relative rewards and costs of parenthood as perceived by women desiring various family sizes. Previous researchers' findings were confirmed, showing that the desire to have only one child is not common. However, no significant sociodemographic differences were discovered differentiating women desiring various family sizes. On the positive values of parenthood, women desiring an only child feel intermediate between those desiring no children and those wanting two or more children. On the negative values the findings generally supported the hypothesis that women desiring only one child were more concerned about additional children reducing their freedom and alternative role options than were women wanting two or more children. Finally, it was shown that women desiring only children rated the personal benefits of parenthood involving the relationship between parent and child as high as did other women. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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