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Souvislosti partnerství a mateřství: vliv partnerských vztahů na rozhodování žen o mateřství

Title in English Relationships and motherhood:the influence of relationships between men and women to decision-making on motherhood


Year of publication 2012
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Sociální studia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Sociology, demography
Keywords motherhood; relationships; gender roles; life course; post-adolescence
Description According to attitudes of young people parenthood is ideally realized as a part of a stable relationship and as a shared decision of both partners. Relationship between man and woman is a crucial condition of parenthood and the absence of it could be the important barrier of entry into the parenthood phase. The paper summarises one part of the results of qualitative research focused on decision-making on motherhood in the case of primaparas over thirty and their childless peers. The issue of decision-making on motherhood was observed from the perspective of relationships. The analysis showed, that the influence of relationships to the decision on motherhood is rather indirect: 1) mate preferences were changed during the time and with the priorities of different life stages, 2) the important part of relationship ideas is gender dimension, mostly in reference to the division of household labor and 3) overall approach to relationships results from maternal preferences of women.
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