Attitudes to Voluntary Childlessness

Information about the Study

Dr Rachel Shaw and Mr Bill Morgan, Life & Health Sciences, Aston University
Dr David Giles, Department of Psychology, Winchester University

The project has been funded by the British Academy

We are interested in the phenomenon of ‘voluntary childlessness’ – when people with no known fertility problems choose not to have children for whatever reason. Our research has been looking, in particular, at the way that voluntary childlessness is portrayed in print media and on the Internet. Now we want to know what you think.

We’re interested in your point of view, whatever your sex, age, sexual orientation and current situation regarding children. Whether you have children already, would like to have children in the future, haven’t decided yet or have decided not to have children, we’d like to hear from you.

The main part of the survey involves rating a series of statements on voluntary childlessness to say how much you agree or disagree with them. We will also ask you some questions about yourself and there are a couple of open-ended questions at the end of the survey. In all, it should take around 15 minutes to complete, however this will depend on how much you want to say. If, at any point, you decide that you don’t want to continue, you will be able to exit the survey and your data will be withdrawn. You will also be able to withdraw your data up to 2 weeks after you have completed the survey, by e-mailing us with your identification code.

You will remain anonymous and any identifiable information you provide will be destroyed at the completion of the study. Information you provide will be held on Survey Monkey's server, however Survey Monkey guarantee that the data will be kept private and confidential (see Survey Monkey's privacy statement for more details).

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