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ERIC Number: EJ837857
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2158
Fear of Intimacy and Hardiness among Single Mothers by Choice: A Comparison to Divorced and Married Mothers
Segal-Engelchin, Dorit
Journal of Family Social Work, v11 n2 p95-116 Jul 2008
The phenomenon of nonmarital motherhood among upper-middle-class, educated women has increased dramatically over the last few decades in most industrialized countries. The purpose of the current research is to examine how women who elect nonmarital motherhood compare with women who elect other family configurations with respect to their personality characteristics. This research compares the fear of intimacy in close heterosexual relationships and hardiness of 61 single mothers by choice to that of 53 divorced and 60 married mothers in Israel. The findings indicate that single mothers by choice have a significantly higher level of fear of intimacy in heterosexual relationships compared to married mothers. No significant differences were found between the three groups of mothers in hardiness. Limitations and implications of the findings are discussed. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel