Single Women, Voluntary Childlessness and Perceptions About Life and Marriage

Callan, VJ (1986) Single Women, Voluntary Childlessness and Perceptions About Life and Marriage. Journal of Biosocial Science, 18 4: 479-487. doi:10.1017/S0021932000016497

Author Callan, VJ
Title Single Women, Voluntary Childlessness and Perceptions About Life and Marriage
Journal name Journal of Biosocial Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-9320
Publication date 1986-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0021932000016497
Open Access Status
Volume 18
Issue 4
Start page 479
End page 487
Total pages 9
Language eng
Subject 3300 Social Sciences
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Abstract Forty-two single women who want to be childless, eighteen who desire a one child family, and 42 who want two children responded to questions about the quality of their present lives, and nature of future marriages. The groups of women were closely matched for age and education, and on current quality of life there were few differences. They had similar levels of positive and negative affect, and described life as enjoyable, interesting and contented. Those wanting to be childless, however, rated life as less optimistic and less loving, and also as currently somewhat less satisfying, but life satisfaction was still quite high. These early deciders of childlessness, and those wanting only one child, wanted to be financially and socially more independent in future marriage-type relationships than women wanting at least two children. They also expected to follow interests and careers to their fullest, wanted more role innovative partners, and were somewhat less concerned about home ownership, living to a budget, and keeping contact with family and friends. All women placed considerable importance on the need for trust, self-disclosure and open communication in a relationship, although the voluntarily childless rated more highly the need for intellectual stimulation and for each partner to be happy about the success of their mate. Compared to women wanting two children, those wanting to be childless expected a partner to perform a wide range of non-traditional roles in the home.
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