Tanishka Shalini Safri


Every now and then we talk about anxiety, and the word is quite frequently used to denote general feelings of stress and worry. Some people experience anxiety to a degree where they feel everything is difficult or even almost impossible for them to tackle, while others are able to deal with anxiety quite efficiently. A large and compelling body of evidence from general population surveys confirms that anxiety and anxiety disorders are more common in females than in males. There are several reasons behind this finding. Indian women play a very  complicated and demanding role as compared to the women in western countries. In India, women experience high levels of anxiety, especially if they are unable to fulfill the demands placed in front of them by the society and their family. Here becoming a mother and raising your children can be very anxiety provoking, but even worse is a situation when a female is unable to become a mother, which can also lead her to experience very high levels of anxiety. Therefore the present paper aims to find out which females experience more anxiety, ‘those who have the burden of raising their children’ or ‘those who are unable to bear any children at all, (inspite of their desire to have children)’. The study has been conducted on 30 married females, out of which 15 have children, and 15 are unable to have children (inspite of their desire to have children). The result shows that married females who do not have children, experience a greater level of anxiety compared to married women with children.


Anxiety,India, Married women, Child raising, childlessness

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