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Radaković, Lea. (2014). Attitudes towards childfree people. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Keresteš, Gordana].

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Earlier studies have documented negative perceptions of childless couples, especially the voluntarily childfree couples. The choice to be childfree is considered to be a deviation from cultural norms. The current study uses college students responses (N= 238, female-120, male-118) to hypothetical vignettes, to assess perceptions of childfree adults compared to people who want to become parents. This research uses vignette method, procedure that uses descriptive text in which specific details are systematically varied. This method helps to reduce social desirability biases and it's combined with Scale of general attitudes towards childlessness. Participants read a brief description of a married couple who were described as wanting or not wanting to have children, and middle or high educational status. Participants rated woman and man from vignette on 10 pairs of adjectives and the quality of their marriage on 5 pairs of adjectives using 6- point Likert scales. As expected, participants rated woman, man and their marriage more positively when they want to have children, than the woman, man and their marriage when they don't want to have children. Educational status was significant just for ratings of marriage quality. Results of Scale of general attitudes towards childlessness showed that female participants were more positive towards childlessness than male students.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: childfree, attitudes, college students
Subjects: Psychology > Razvojna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Keresteš, Gordana
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2016 07:43
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2016 07:43

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