chapter  1
The wish for a baby: psychosocial and cultural factors
ByJoan Raphael-Leff
Pages 12

This chapter provides the wish for a baby in the contexts of cultural, social and personal motivation to reproduce. It also presents an extended exposition of unconscious intrapsychic factors based on a psychoanalytical understanding of early human relationships. Although motivation for reproduction is complex and highly personal, there are a few constant factors is Genetic immortality, Becoming 'adult', emulating the parent? Virtually all known human societies have organized around a social division into two genders with woman defined by her biological role of reproduction of the species. In exploring the complex area of psychosexual identity it may be helpful to examine three components separately: Core gender identity, Gender role identity, Sexual partner orientation. Core gender identity begins very early, with sex-specific hormonal influences, innate anatomical and biological factors, parental and self physical-handling, growing male or female body image and sex assignment at birth leading to a sense of belonging to one sex and not the other.