Value structure of social movement members: A new perspective on the voluntarily childless

Larry D. Barnett1, Richard H. MacDonald2
1Nova University, United States
2California State University, United States
Cite this article:  Barnett, L. D., & MacDonald, R. H. (1986). Value structure of social movement members: A new perspective on the voluntarily childless. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 14(2), 149-160.

Volume 14 Issue 2 | e509 | Published: August 1986 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1986.14.2.149

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In this study we deal with the values of individuals who belong to the social movement which questions the traditional notion that children are a necessary part of their lives. A random sample of a nationwide organization, the National Alliance/or Optional Parenthood, was used. The main finding was that members of this organization are more inwardly oriented than the gene-ral US population. They are more interested in gaining support for their decision to remain childless than in reducing pronatalist pressure in society. Thus, their membership in a social movement is motivated more by self-interest than in the public welfare. There is an interest in social change, but this is not as strong as the personal, immediate benefits of membership in the organization.


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