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Table 1 Pattern and structure matrix ofthree componentPCA solution with Oblimin rotation of attitudinal statements

From: Attitudes toward fertility and childbearing scale: an assessment of a new instrument for women who are not yet mothers in Sweden

Statements Components
  Importance of fertlity for the future Childbearing as a hindrance at present Social identity Communalities
  Pattern coefficients Structure coefficients Pattern coefficients Structure coefficients Pattern coefficients Structure coefficients  
I look forward to one day becoming a mother 0.871 0.870 -0.130 -0.312 0.066 -0.286 .779
Having children is an essential part of life 0.849 0.853 0.051 -0.116 -0.034 -0.395 .732
Having children will develop me as a person 0.818 0.691 0.170 -0.016 0.221 -0.138 .532
I find it hard to imagine living a life without children 0.779 0.779 -0.129 -0.291 0.060 -0.253 .629
I can imagine being pregnant and giving birth 0.778 0.846 -0.079 -0.223 -0.125 -0.443 .731
Having a child is a way for me to add new elements in life 0.708 0.752 0.110 -0.016 -0.158 -0.456 .603
I talk to my friends about having children in the future 0.649 0.712 -0.124 -0.245 -0.092 -0.351 .524
It is important for me to be fertile 0.632 0.726 0.062 -0.039 -0.253 -0.524 .589
It is important for me to be able to get pregnant anytime 0.424 0.579 -0.189 -0.246 -0.281 -0.439 .416
Having children would limit my life right now 0.022 -0.218 0.882 0.862 0.150 0.052 .763
An unplanned pregnancy would hinder me in my current life 0.019 -0.173 0.801 0.789 0.075 -0.014 .628
Childbearing does not fit into my life right now -0.098 -0.271 0.790 0.806 0.035 -0.004 .663
Taking responsibility for a child does not fit into my current life -0.130 -0.238 0.782 0.819 -0.117 -0.141 .688
Having children would limit my leisure time activities -0.096 -0.254 0.715 0.731 0.034 0,002 .548
I do not want to take responsibility as a mother now -0.228 -0.335 0.707 0.761 -0.083 -0.059 .620
Having children would limit my career 0.092 -0.060 0.687 0.665 0.033 -0.075 .449
Being a mother would take too much of my own time -0.319 -0.418 0.626 0.697 -0.065 0.006 .569
Having children would limit my study opportunities 0.169 0.068 0.623 0.595 -0.057 -0.191 .393
Having children would limit socializing with my friends 0.043 -0.106 0.600 0.584 0.068 -0.010 .345
It is important for me to choose when to get pregnant -0.007 -0.044 0.595 0.616 -0.196 -0.253 .416
It is important for me to have my own stable economy when I have children 0.003 0.069 0.484 0.523 -0.390 -0.440 .425
My fertility makes me feel communion with other women -0.070 0.286 -0.158 -0.066 -0.774 -0.729 .555
Being fertile is important for my identity as a woman 0.158 0.417 0.099 0.134 -0.667 -0.743 .574
It is important to me that the child is born in a nuclear family ie mother, father, children 0.013 0.247 0.139 0.199 -0.626 -0.646 .435
When I have children, my life must be prepared for living with children 0.058 0.218 0.398 0.444 -0.574 -0.638 .555
It is important for me to have a stable relationship when I have children 0.056 0.276 0.041 0.085 -0.546 -0.573 .332
Becoming a mother is important for my identity as a woman 0.381 0.583 0.062 0.038 -0.513 -0.679 .573
  1. Note: Bold values indicate major loadings.