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Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

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Girls’ Emotional and Meaningful Attitude to Motherhood 739

Burmenskaya G.V.
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor of the Chair of Developmental Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Almazova O.V.
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Chair of Developmental Psychology, Department of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Karabanova O.A.
Doctor of Psychology, Head of the Chair of Developmental Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Zakharova E.I.
Doctor of Psychology, Associate Professor at the Department of Age Psychology, Department of psychology, Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov, Moscow, Russia

Dolgikh A.G.
researcher of the Laboratory of political psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Molchanov S.V.
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Developmental Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Sadovnikova T.Yu.
PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor of the Developmental Psychology Department, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

We carried out the conditions analysis of the development of emotional and meaningful attitude to motherhood among student-age girls in connection with low fertility and ambiguous attitude of young people to parenting — a pressing problem in present-day Russia. The presented results of the empirical study (N=230) identify five types of girls ‘ attitude to motherhood and show their relationship with the peculiarities of parent-child interaction in the parent family. The unfavorable tendency of negative and ambivalent attitude to motherhood was revealed in a significant part of the sample. The formation of positive emotional and meaningful attitudes towards the birth of children in girls is facilitated by parental acceptance, cooperation, closeness, consent, as well as the authority of parents and satisfaction with relations with them. Disharmonious child-parent relationships are more often found in girls that reject a mother’s role. The role of a sibling position is considered, as well as a factor of girls’ living together with parents or separately.

Keywords: motherhood, parental position, characteristics of parent-child interaction, attitude to motherhood, entry into adulthood, sibling position

Column: Empirical Researches


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The study was supported by the Russian Foundation for basic research (project № 17- 06-00825) “Personal and family factors of the mother’s parental position formation among young women in the period of entering into adulthood”.

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