The difference in the quality of life variables between married and unmarried African American university students who are mothers

Kristi R Robinson, Tennessee State University

Abstract

Single-parenting is becoming more prevalent today in our society than it ever has been, and marriages are becoming less prevalent, thus, slowly decreasing in rate. Although single motherhood by choice has become more common in the last three decades, little is known about the influence of this family structure on the quality of life of single mothers. In an attempt to address this gap, a study was conducted with 70 single and married mothers that were surveyed using the 180 question Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis Survey who ranged between the ages of 18 and 59. When comparing the 9 traits of Nervous, Depressive, Active-Social, Expressive, Sympathetic, Subjective, Dominant, Hostile, and Self-Disciplined, a significant difference was found with 7 out of the 10 traits, which left the two, Sympathetic and Active-Social. Also in the study, the advantages and disadvantages of single-parenting are discussed, why some women are choosing parenthood without marriage, and also other possible reasons why it is on the rise in our society today. ^

Subject Area

Black Studies|Women's Studies|Psychology, Personality|Sociology, Individual and Family Studies

Recommended Citation

Kristi R Robinson, "The difference in the quality of life variables between married and unmarried African American university students who are mothers" (2008). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1456771.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI1456771

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