Socio-demographic factors as predictors of attitudes toward unwed motherhood

Josie Gause Brown, Fayetteville State University


The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between socio-demographic factors and attitudes toward unmarried women having children. The data for this study were extracted from the 1988 National Survey of Families and Households. Socio-demographic factors were found to be significant in predicting attitudes toward non-martial childbirth. The most significant predictor was age. Younger people in general are more likely than older people to approve of non-marital childbirth. Blacks were found to be more favorable than whites in approval of non-marital childbirth and inclusion of education in this model does not change the findings.

Subject Area

Demographics|Womens studies

Recommended Citation

Brown, Josie Gause, "Socio-demographic factors as predictors of attitudes toward unwed motherhood" (1997). ETD Collection for Fayetteville State University. AAI1390612.