Stereotypes of traditional and nontraditional childbearing roles

Stephanie A. Shields, Pamela E. Cooper

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Abstract

Childless college students (135 male, 135 female) evaluated one of three childbearing orientations by means of an adjective check list (ACL) and multiple-choice questions. Participants read one of three paragraphs describing a hypothetical woman who was either pregnant and happy with the pregnancy, pregnant and not happy with the pregnancy, or intentionally childfree. Results showed favorable stereotyping of pregnant-happy, strongly unfavorable stereotyping of pregnant-unhappy, and no stereotyping of childfree. Implications for research on childbearing orientations are discussed, as are participants' own plans regarding marriage, employment, and parenthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-376
Number of pages14
JournalSex Roles
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1983

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  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Shields, Stephanie A. ; Cooper, Pamela E. / Stereotypes of traditional and nontraditional childbearing roles. In: Sex Roles. 1983 ; Vol. 9, No. 3. pp. 363-376.
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In: Sex Roles, Vol. 9, No. 3, 01.03.1983, p. 363-376.

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