Value Attitudes of Mothers in Modern Parenthood Models



Objective. Comparative analysis of mothers’ value attitudes in different models modern parenting (“natural”, “intensive”). Background. Modern parents face new social challenges: the competition of family values, parenthood and career building; difficulties in adapting to a rapidly changing world; uncertainty cultural patterns of raising children in the family, which lead to the search for new strategies and practices of family education. Study design. In the work, value attitudes were determined and compared mothers of preschool children in two models: “natural” and “intensive” parenting. Statistical processing of the obtained data was carried out using the Pearson’s χ2 criterion, the Mann-Whitney U-criterion. Participants. The study involved 50 mothers preschoolers aged 30 to 40 years, married, with higher education. The research base. Internet platforms: thematic forums, social networks and groups (“Mother and child”, “Natural development”, “Intensive education”, “Conscious parenting”). Measurements. The author’s questionnaire aimed at identifying the model of parenthood (I.V. Ber-seneva, N.N. Avdeeva); 2) The methodology of M. Rokich’s “Value orientations”. 3) The author’s ques-tionnaire “Conditions of upbringing and development of the child”. Results. For mothers inclined to the “intensive” parenting model, priority value orientations: financially secure life; the ability to think sensibly and logically, make deliberate, rational decisions; the opportunity to improve your level of education, intellectual development, culture; self-control; accuracy; discipline. For mothers who adhere to the “natural” parenting model — life experience, courage in defending their opinions, sensitivity, independence in judgments and actions, tolerance, self-realization in household management. Сonclusions. The specificity of the relationship between the value orientations of mothers and the model of parenthood is revealed. It is shown that there are both similarities and differences hierarchies of value orientations among mothers who adhere to the “intensive” and “natural” models of parenthood. The revealed patterns are consistent with studies of parenting models in foreign psychology and reflect the strategies of parents’ search for effective parenting strategies in a rapidly changing world.

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Keywords: models of parenthood, “intensive” parenting, “natural” parenting, value orientations, maternal attitudes, conditions for the development and upbringing of preschool children

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article


Received: 10.05.2022


For citation: Avdeeva N.N., Berseneva I.V. Value Attitudes of Mothers in Modern Parenthood Models. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2022. Vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 163–176. DOI: 10.17759/sps.2022130211. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Natalia N. Avdeeva, PhD in Psychology, Professor at chair of Developmental Psychology Name after L.F. Obukhova, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Irina V. Berseneva, MA in Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Chair of Developmental Psychology named after prof. L.F. Obukhova, Department of Psychology of Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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