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ERIC Number: EJ768254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 29
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Attitudes about Childlessness in the United States: Correlates of Positive, Neutral, and Negative Responses
Koropeckyj-Cox, Tanya; Pendell, Gretchen
Journal of Family Issues, v28 n8 p1054-1082 2007
The study used cross-sectional analyses of the National Survey of Families and Households (1987-1988, 1992-1994) to examine attitudes about childlessness in the United States. It (a) assesses prevalence of positive, neutral, and negative attitudes about childlessness and (b) identifies the correlates of different attitudes in the population. About one fifth of adults disagreed with prescriptive norms that favor parenthood over childlessness, whereas two fifths gave neutral responses. More than 86% agreed or were neutral on whether childless adults could have fulfilling lives. Positive attitudes were consistently found among those who were female, college educated, or childless. Those with negative attitudes were distinct from those with neutral or positive attitudes and were more likely to be older, male, non-White, less educated, or have conservative religious beliefs, net of other factors. The authors argue attitudes reflect acceptance but not endorsement of childlessness, and substantial proportions of neutral responses merit closer examination. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Families and Households