Perceptions of childfree women: The role of perceivers' and targets' ethnicity
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology
Volume 20, Issue 5, pages 426–432, September/October 2010
How to Cite
Vinson, C., Mollen, D. and Smith, N. G. (2010), Perceptions of childfree women: The role of perceivers' and targets' ethnicity. J. Community. Appl. Soc. Psychol., 20: 426–432. doi: 10.1002/casp.1049
- Issue published online: 23 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 MAY 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of ethnicity on perceptions of voluntary childfree women. We were interested in determining whether mothers were viewed as more stereotypically positive than women without children and how the ethnicity of the participant and the target impacted participants' ratings. We utilized vignettes and manipulated motherhood status and ethnicity of the target. Participants (n = 224) were comprised of female university students in the southwestern region of the United States. Results indicated that women view childfree women negatively. Moreover, women view African American mothers more favourably than childfree African American women. Results are discussed in terms of gender roles in communities of colour. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.