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Personality Types Affect Women's Approach to Childbirth — Study

Guardian.Co.UK,  July 26, 2010

Conventional wisdom says that the better educated a woman is, the more likely she is to delay motherhood. But a new study suggests personality type could be a more powerful determinant.

The research found that high levels of "extroversion", "agreeableness" and "neuroticism" accelerated the desire of a woman to have a child. Conversely, high "conscientiousness" and "openness" were associated with delaying childbirth.

In the report, by the Institute of Social and Economic Research, the five personality traits were cross-referenced with the age at which more than 16,000 women had their first child.

Lara Tavares, author of the study – Who Delays Childbearing? The Relationships Between Fertility, Education and Personality Traits – used data from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) collected over the past five years.

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