Fear of intimacy and hardiness among single mothers by choice: A comparison to divorced and married mothers

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-116
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Family Social Work
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2008

Keywords

  • Fear of intimacy
  • Hardiness
  • Nonmarital motherhood
  • Single mothers by choice

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