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Attitudes towards family formation in cohabiting and single childless women in their mid- to late thirties.
Hum Fertil (Camb). 2016 Apr; 19(1):48-55.HF

Abstract

This study aimed to explore attitudes towards family formation in single or cohabiting childless women of advanced age. The design comprised semi-structured qualitative interviews of 20 women aged 34-39 years attending the Fertility Assessment and Counselling Clinic, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen. A sample of 10 single women and 10 cohabiting women was chosen with equal distribution of postgraduate education length. Data were analysed using content analysis following the method of Graneheim and Lundman and consolidated criteria for reporting qualitative research (COREQ). The general attitude towards family formation was characterized by a fear of the consequences of choosing motherhood on one hand, and a 'ticking biological clock' and a wish to establish a nuclear family on the other. The women idealized the perception of perfect mothering in terms of uncompromising expectations of child rearing and showed an increasing awareness of solo motherhood as a possible solution to advanced age, the wish of a child and single status compared to earlier studies. Our study contributes to knowledge and understanding of personal considerations related to childbearing in nullipara women in their mid- to late 30s and may be useful in a fertility assessment and counselling setting.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a Fertility Clinic, Rigshospitalet , University Hospital of Copenhagen , Copenhagen , Denmark ;a Fertility Clinic, Rigshospitalet , University Hospital of Copenhagen , Copenhagen , Denmark ;a Fertility Clinic, Rigshospitalet , University Hospital of Copenhagen , Copenhagen , Denmark ;b Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fertility Clinic , Hvidovre Hospital, University of Copenhagen , Hvidovre , Denmark ;a Fertility Clinic, Rigshospitalet , University Hospital of Copenhagen , Copenhagen , Denmark ;c Department of Public Health , University of Copenhagen , Copenhagen , Denmark.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27006139

Citation

Birch Petersen, Kathrine, et al. "Attitudes Towards Family Formation in Cohabiting and Single Childless Women in Their Mid- to Late Thirties." Human Fertility (Cambridge, England), vol. 19, no. 1, 2016, pp. 48-55.
Birch Petersen K, Sylvest R, Nyboe Andersen A, et al. Attitudes towards family formation in cohabiting and single childless women in their mid- to late thirties. Hum Fertil (Camb). 2016;19(1):48-55.
Birch Petersen, K., Sylvest, R., Nyboe Andersen, A., Pinborg, A., Westring Hvidman, H., & Schmidt, L. (2016). Attitudes towards family formation in cohabiting and single childless women in their mid- to late thirties. Human Fertility (Cambridge, England), 19(1), 48-55. https://doi.org/10.3109/14647273.2016.1156171
Birch Petersen K, et al. Attitudes Towards Family Formation in Cohabiting and Single Childless Women in Their Mid- to Late Thirties. Hum Fertil (Camb). 2016;19(1):48-55. PubMed PMID: 27006139.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Attitudes towards family formation in cohabiting and single childless women in their mid- to late thirties. AU - Birch Petersen,Kathrine, AU - Sylvest,Randi, AU - Nyboe Andersen,Anders, AU - Pinborg,Anja, AU - Westring Hvidman,Helene, AU - Schmidt,Lone, Y1 - 2016/03/23/ PY - 2016/3/24/entrez PY - 2016/3/24/pubmed PY - 2017/4/18/medline KW - Family formation KW - fertility KW - fertility assessment and counselling KW - postponing childbearing KW - women SP - 48 EP - 55 JF - Human fertility (Cambridge, England) JO - Hum Fertil (Camb) VL - 19 IS - 1 N2 - This study aimed to explore attitudes towards family formation in single or cohabiting childless women of advanced age. The design comprised semi-structured qualitative interviews of 20 women aged 34-39 years attending the Fertility Assessment and Counselling Clinic, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen. A sample of 10 single women and 10 cohabiting women was chosen with equal distribution of postgraduate education length. Data were analysed using content analysis following the method of Graneheim and Lundman and consolidated criteria for reporting qualitative research (COREQ). The general attitude towards family formation was characterized by a fear of the consequences of choosing motherhood on one hand, and a 'ticking biological clock' and a wish to establish a nuclear family on the other. The women idealized the perception of perfect mothering in terms of uncompromising expectations of child rearing and showed an increasing awareness of solo motherhood as a possible solution to advanced age, the wish of a child and single status compared to earlier studies. Our study contributes to knowledge and understanding of personal considerations related to childbearing in nullipara women in their mid- to late 30s and may be useful in a fertility assessment and counselling setting. SN - 1742-8149 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27006139/Attitudes_towards_family_formation_in_cohabiting_and_single_childless_women_in_their_mid__to_late_thirties_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/14647273.2016.1156171 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -