Unmarried pregnant women, with low incomes and without higher education, are more eager to know the sex of their unborn child. Similarly, adherents of overestimated requirements for education act.
American researchers, by interviewing 182 pregnant women, studied their personal attitudes to parenting issues, their beliefs and expectations about the distribution of gender roles in society and assessed the level of perfectionism in matters of upbringing. At the time of the study, two thirds of the women interviewed already knew the sex of their unborn child.
Analyzing the information received, the researchers came to the conclusion that unmarried women with low income who do not have higher education are more eager to know the sex of the unborn child. Future mothers who have great ambitions for their future child and who have extremely high requirements for upbringing and education have also been very concerned about the issue of their child's sex. On the other hand, women, whom researchers defined as more open to new experiences and more curious and inquisitive, were less interested in what they expected: a boy or a girl.
These women, as a rule, were also more independent both financially and in their attitude to the distribution of gender roles in society. They often expressed ideas close to the idea of gender equality. The greatest effect was achieved when a woman shared her views on the need for a conscientious approach to the upbringing of children and the mandatory separation of parental roles and responsibilities. Such women in 87% of cases did not know and were not eager to know the sex of their child.
"Such mothers often do not specifically recognize the sex of their child in order to avoid creating an environment in which old gender stereotypes will be reinforced," said one of the authors of the study, Dr. Sarah Shop-Sullivan. However, the team of researchers recognized that such a statement of the question requires a more ambitious and detailed study.Read on this topic:
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