A qualitative analysis of the phases of involuntary childlessness

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jack R. Coble (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Rebecca M. Smith

Abstract: The purpose of this research was to explore and identify the psychosocial phases of involuntary childlessness in an effort to develop a hierarchical model. A stage development theoretical framework guided this research. Because of the lack of literature concerning the psychosocial aspects of involuntarily childless couples, it was necessary to utilize a qualitative research methodology which incorporated the analytic induction method. Subjects for this research were couples who consented to participate in a project explained as an exploratory study on involuntary childlessness. These 20 couples were between the ages of 25 and 40 years and of middle socioeconomic status. An involuntarily childless couple was operationally defined as a couple who had been attempting pregnancy for 12 months or more without either conception or carrying a fetus to full term. Subjects for this study were considered only if neither partner had been a biological parent.

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Language: English
Date: 1985
Childlessness $x Psychological aspects
Childlessness $x Social aspects
Infertility $x Psychological aspects
Infertility $x Social aspects

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