Women's Childbearing Motivation in the West Mediterranean Region of Turkey


  • Zeliha YAZICI Akdeniz Üniversitesi
  • Begümhan YÜKSEL




Childbearing, Childbearing motivation, Couple relationships, Fertility, Woman


The most crucial factor influencing population growth is fertility. The fertility rate is associated with individuals' desire in society to have children. In recent years, the fertility rate in Turkey has been gradually declining, and an increasing number of women are opting to remain childless. Alongside biological, social, and economic variables, motivations for childbearing also play a significant role in the decrease of the fertility rate. Based on this premise, the current study aimed to identify the effective fertility motivations that contribute to the diminishing desire of Turkish women to have children. The research included a total of 255 women within the age group of 25 to 29, representing the segment with the highest fertility rate in Turkey. The "Childbearing Motivation Scale" was utilized to gather data. The analysis involved examining the arithmetic mean and standard deviation values of various motivations for childbearing through the use of the t-test for Independent groups. As a result, it was found that positive motivations for childbearing women were mainly associated with couple relationships from socio-economic perspectives, whereas negative motivations were predominantly related to socio-ecological concerns. Additionally, the study revealed that the level of education significantly affected positive motivations for childbearing.


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How to Cite

YAZICI, Z., & YÜKSEL, B. . (2023). Women’s Childbearing Motivation in the West Mediterranean Region of Turkey. WORLD WOMEN STUDIES JOURNAL, 8(2), 406–415. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8432943