rates of childlessness

A Long-Range Glance at Rates of Childlessness

Pew Research Center has some hot off the press fertility statistics. In addition to figures relating to motherhood postponement and average numbers of children, the data include “rates of childlessness” from many countries. The reported numbers inspired me to review statistics from the past to get a feel for more of a longer range picture. Continue reading “A Long-Range Glance at Rates of Childlessness”

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A Global Look at Not Having Children

At the beginning of January, some interesting ‘not having children’ numbers came out regarding women in their 40s.  This Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) table gives a succinct summary:  Continue reading “A Global Look at Not Having Children”

Childless and childfree in history

Social reformer, Beatrice Webb

The Childless and Childfree in History: An Interview with Historian Rachel Chrastil

I recently found historian Rachel Chrastil’s site, Childless, Childfree: News, Research & the Arts. On this site, she “reports on childlessness in the news, research about childlessness, and portrayals of childlessness in the arts–past, present, and future.” I was curious to know more about her and her research on the childless and childfree in history. Continue reading “The Childless and Childfree in History: An Interview with Historian Rachel Chrastil”

Recent Research on Childlessness in Australia

Dr. Bronwyn Harman, psychology and social science professor at Perth’s Edith Cowan University conducted a survey of women with no children in Australia, specifically looking at why they chose not to have children. Here are highlights of what she found: Continue reading “Recent Research on Childlessness in Australia”

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Chewing on Poll Results: Acceptance of the Childfree Choice

I’ve been tracking the childfree choice since the late 1990’s, and at the end of 2012 I posted a short poll to take an informal pulse on people’s views of its acceptance in today’s society. Thanks again to all of those who weighed in! Here is what I asked, and a few thoughts on the results. Continue reading “Chewing on Poll Results: Acceptance of the Childfree Choice”

Importance of Career, Marriage and Parenthood: New Pew Research Center Report

Pew Research Center has a new report out on men and women, and the importance they put on key aspects of their lives.  Respondents were asked questions related to their careers, marriage and parenthood.  There are interesting numbers, especially when it comes to differences in women and men when it comes to the importance of career, but I have been pondering the numbers related to parenthood in particular… Continue reading “Importance of Career, Marriage and Parenthood: New Pew Research Center Report”

New Childlessness Numbers and More from The National Survey of Family Growth

The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) has a new report out on fertility statistics for the years 2006-2010.  The NSFG is one of the few organizations who break the “childlessness”category out into “voluntary,” “involuntary” and “temporary.”  The report is packed with data; here are some highlights of findings in the childlessness area: Continue reading “New Childlessness Numbers and More from The National Survey of Family Growth”

Realities of the Childfree Cultural Shift in the EU

The world population is expected to reach 7 billion later this year.  While lots of experts disagree about whether we have surpassed the point of being able to sustain the ever growing population, there are others who are more concerned about population decrease. How can that be?  Check out the analysis by Harvard professor Robert Barro and others. He predicts a “grim future”  for much of continental Europe because … Continue reading “Realities of the Childfree Cultural Shift in the EU”

Hot off the Press: Latest Childless Data from the U.S. Census

The U.S. Census released a new report this month, “Fertility of American Women.” It used data collected from American women in 2008.

It looks at fertility patterns from a number of different angles, but I want to start with data on women with no children.  I’ll do a Part II with interesting data highlights on women with children.

But first, the latest on childless stats: Continue reading “Hot off the Press: Latest Childless Data from the U.S. Census”