Giving life: Loneliness, pregnancy and motherhood

Ami Rokach1
1The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Psychosocial Stress
Cite this article:  Rokach, A. (2004). Giving life: Loneliness, pregnancy and motherhood. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 32, 691-702.

Volume 32 Issue 7 | e1357 | Published: November 2004 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2004.32.7.691

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This study examined the qualitative aspects of loneliness that pregnant women and mothers during the first year after childbirth experience. These were compared to the loneliness of women in the general population. Ninety-one pregnant women, 97 women during the first year following childbirth, and 208 women from the general population answered a 30-item questionnaire. The questionnaire comprised five qualitative dimensions of loneliness, namely Emotional distress, Social inadequacy and alienation, Growth and discovery, Interpersonal isolation, and Self-alienation. Although the literature indicates that pregnancy and motherhood are replete with loneliness, the present study found that those two groups had lower mean subscale scores than did women of the general population.
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