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dc.contributor.authorO'Driscoll, Rose
dc.contributor.authorMercer, Jenny
dc.contributor.othercmet = Jenny Mercer
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-22T14:45:14Z
dc.date.available2016-03-22T14:45:14Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationO’Driscoll, R. & Mercer, J. (2015) 'Women who choose not to have children: a preliminary study', Psychology of Women Section Review 17, pp. 21-30en_US
dc.identifier.issn1466-3724
dc.identifier.urihttp://www.bps.org.uk/
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10369/7801
dc.descriptionThis article was published in Psychology of Women Section Review in 2015en_US
dc.description.abstractWomen who choose not to have children have been largely overlooked in both mainstream and feminist literature, where the focus is more typically on childbirth and motherhood or reproduction and infertility. Using data obtained through semi-structured interviews with four women aged 45 and over, this paper presents the initial findings of an on-going constructivist grounded theory study with women who have chosen not to have children. Findings from category one suggest that participants had no desire to replicate motherhood. The reasons included their negative experiences and memories of family life. Access to education and introduction to feminist ideas helped develop a strong sense of agency. Ongoing reflection on their lives illustrated how adult relationships were prioritised over motherhood. Findings from the other three categories (briefly discussed) challenge some of the dominant ideologies and assumptions about women who choose not to have children.en_US
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dc.publisherThe British Psychological Societyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPsychology of Women Section Review
dc.subjectwomenen_US
dc.subjectchoiceen_US
dc.subjectchildlessen_US
dc.subjectgrounded theoryen_US
dc.titleWomen who choose not to have children: a preliminary studyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.date.dateAccepted2015


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