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ERIC Number: ED141701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Motives For and Against Having a Child.
Kirchner, Elizabeth P.; and Others
In an attempt to clarify the structure of positive and negative parenthood motivations, a series of factor analyses were performed on importance ratings of empirically generated reasons for and against having a child. Findings were: (1) evidence for bipolar factors is weak; (2) both positive and negative motivations have a moderately strong single common factor, but are more adequately represented by more complex factor structures; (3) males and females show several strikingly similar motives, but sex specific factors argue for sex specific description and investigation of parenthood motivations; (4) 18 positive and 12 negative interpretable factors were identified for females while 17 positive and 12 negative interpretable factors were identified for males. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (84th, Washington, D.C., September 3-7, 1976)