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Barnfri- ett lyckligt utanförskap: En kvantitativ studie av barnfria kvinnors livstillfredsställelse och utanförskap
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Childfree Women - Happy Outsiders : A quantitative study on child-free women's perceived life satisfaction and exclusion (English)
Abstract [en]

Through quantitative methods, we sought answers to the questions “Can one identify systematic differences in perceived life satisfaction among childfree women and mothers?”, “Can one identify systematic differences in perceived alienation among childfree women and mothers?”, and “Is it possible to apply Link and Phelan’s model of stigmatization to childfree women as a group?” We reached our conclusions by constructing and distributing a survey to our target group. We then analyzed the 215 responses by applying Veenhoven’s theory of happiness and tested the results against Link & Phelan’s model of stigmatization. Our results show that there are no distinct differences in perceived life satisfaction between mothers and childfree women per se. Instead, the difference is in a woman’s satisfaction with the outcome of her choice, regardless of her choice. However, we did find that childfree women tend to feel more excluded when compared to women with children. This indicates strongly integrated pronatalist norms in the Swedish society and contributes to the possible stigmatization of childfree women. 

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2019. , p. 49
Keywords [en]
Voluntary childlessness, childfree, life satisfaction, alienation, stigmatization
Keywords [sv]
Frivillig barnlöshet, barnfrihet, livstillfredsställelse, utanförskap, stigmatisering
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-92789OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-92789DiVA, id: diva2:1412977
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Sociologi
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International Social Sciences Programme, specialization Global Studies, 180 credits
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Available from: 2020-03-16 Created: 2020-03-09 Last updated: 2020-03-16Bibliographically approved

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