ERIC Number: ED215253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Relationships among Attitudes toward Children, Women's Liberation, and Personality Characteristics.
Biaggio, Mary Kay; And Others
A 1973 study by Lott posed some serious questions about attitudes toward children, the quality of childhood experiences with parents, and the extent of agreement with the women's liberation movement. A replication and extension of Lott's research was conducted to assess the current attitudes of 76 college students and 63 community residents toward child-rearing, recalled childhood experiences, views of women's liberation, and personality characteristics. Some of the results replicated earlier findings, including that individuals with highly positive attitudes toward child-rearing considered it a more creative and socially valuable activity, and anti-liberation women expressed greater personal interest in child-rearing than pro-liberation women. The failure to replicate other results suggests that attitudes have changed, with views of the sexes converging in some instances and some women's liberation tenets gaining broader acceptance. Although analysis of personality differences between pro- and anti-liberation subjects reveals some differences, implications for suitability for parenthood are unclear. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).