ERIC Number: ED294688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Parenthood and the Attitudes of Young Adults. A RAND Note.
Morgan, S. Philip; Waite, Linda J.
The relationship between parenthood and sex role attitudes and aspirations was examined with the use of data from a longitudinal study of a single high school graduating class. Findings indicated that parents were more traditional than nonparents, partly because parents were more traditional before having a child. It was also found that the transition to parenthood exerted effects that varied according to the color and marital status of the respondent. For white married respondents, becoming a parent had a clear and traditionalizing influence, but for unwed black women, the opposite effect was observed; for these women, parenthood led to more egalitarian attitudes. This pattern was interpreted to reflect costs and benefits of traditional sex roles for different groups in different situations. Appended are 34 references. (Author/SKC)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Longitudinal Studies, Marriage, Parent Attitudes, Parents, Racial Differences, Sex Role, Young Adults
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Note: Originally published by American Sociological Association in "American Sociological Review"; v52 n4 Aug 1987.