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Why are childless women childless? Findings from an exploratory study in Victoria, Australia

Graham, Melissa, Hill, Erin, Shelly, Julia and Taket, Ann 2013, Why are childless women childless? Findings from an exploratory study in Victoria, Australia, Journal of social inclusion, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 70-89.

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Title Why are childless women childless? Findings from an exploratory study in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Graham, Melissa
Hill, Erin
Shelly, Julia
Taket, Ann
Journal name Journal of social inclusion
Volume number 4
Issue number 1
Start page 70
End page 89
Total pages 20
Publisher Griffith University
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1836-8808
Keyword(s) childlessness
women
Australia
pronatalism
social inclusion
Summary Childlessness in Australia is increasing yet there is limited research exploring women’s reasons for childlessness. Previous research has typically examined childlessness within the context of fertility rather than childlessness itself. The limited research that has moved beyond looking at involuntary childlessness has labelled women with a type of childlessness during recruitment rather than exploring women’s reasons for childlessness as a part of the research process. 

The aim of this mixed methods exploratory study (n = 50) was to describe women’s reasons for childlessness. Findings indicate that almost half of the women did not wish to have children. Reasons for childlessness included: having never wanted to have children; having never been in the ‘right’ relationship; and being in a relationship where the partner did not want to have children.

The findings provide insight into women’s reasons for childlessness, how they feel about their decision, circumstance and position as a woman in a pronatalist society.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
169901 Gender Specific Studies
111404 Reproduction
Socio Economic Objective 920114 Reproductive System and Disorders
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30057292

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Health and Social Development
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