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Pregnancy dreams: Gender differences in dream content during pregnancy


2007 2007

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Abstract (summary)

This dissertation compared the content of dream reports from pregnant women and expectant men utilizing the Hall and Van de Castle scale of content analysis (1966). A total of 64 dreams were gathered from 24 women and 24 men aged 18 to 42 years. At least one dream report of 50 to 250 words was collected from each participant. The dreams were categorized by trimester.

Measurable differences in dream content for pregnant women and expectant men were found that were significantly different than previously reported differences in gender norms. In particular, both women and men had h-profile content measures .50 or more different than their respective norms, which is statistically significant at the .05 level or greater. Women's reports yielded h-profile values that were .50 higher for family characters than total characters, .55 lower for friend characters than total characters, and .62 higher for torso objects than total anatomy objects. Men displayed .55 greater befriender percent, .62 lesser aggressive interactions than friendly interactions, .62 greater dreamer-involved success percent, .89 greater family characters than total characters, and .94 lesser male characters than female characters. One common thread between the men and women was the percentage of family out of total characters, of which both groups showed significantly more than the reported norms.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Womens studies;
Psychology;
Gender
Classification
0453: Womens studies
0621: Psychology
0733: Gender
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Psychology; Dreams; Gender differences; Pregnancy
Title
Pregnancy dreams: Gender differences in dream content during pregnancy
Author
Koukis, Marena
Number of pages
98
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0795
Source
DAI-B 68/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549141204
Advisor
Combs, Allan
University/institution
Saybrook University
Department
Humanistic & Transpersonal Psychology
University location
United States -- California
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3274815
ProQuest document ID
304721104
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304721104
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