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ERIC Number: ED184010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Motivations for Motherhood.
Gerson, Mary-Joan
A multivariate exploration of the characteristics of women who want children and what women see as the benefits and costs of motherhood are presented. Among unmarried, childless female college undergraduates (N=184), positive memories of early childhood maternal love, traditional feminine sex role identification and anti-feminist sympathy were the primary unique psychological variables. Significantly correlated with parenthood motivation but not contributing uniquely to it were memories of father's loving care, perceptions of maternal success at and enjoyment of childrearing, and happiness of childhood. Women from large families (three or more siblings) expressed more desire for children than women from smaller families. Religious affiliation and birth order were not related to motivation. Three reasons for having children were uniformly identified as most important by the entire sample and the two extreme groups (markedly feminist and those most anxious to have children). (Author/BMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1978)