Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

New Data on Childlessness Part IV: Marital Status

On to Part IV of  new data on the numbers of childless women put out by the Pew Research Center, (based mainly on combined 2006-2008 data  from the June fertility supplement of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey). Next: marital status.

Pew breaks women into the “ever married” category to include those who are married now or at some point in the past, and those who have never been married. There’s some interesting results for each… Continue reading “New Data on Childlessness Part IV: Marital Status”

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New Data on Childlessness Part II: Education

Continuing from Part I on with new data on the numbers of childless women put out by the Pew Research Center, (based mainly on combined 2006-2008 data  from the June fertility supplement of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey), let’s look at specific results on the education variable, which includes some interesting trends.  Continue reading “New Data on Childlessness Part II: Education”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

Childfree as Lifestyle Choice

Last Sunday’s New York Times had an interesting article by Patricia Cohen—“Long Road to Adulthood is Growing Even Longer.”  It talks about how “young adulthood has undergone a profound shift.”  According to Frank Furstenberg, of the Foundation Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood, “people between 20-34 are taking longer to finish their educations, establish themselves in careers, marry, have children and become financially independent…a new period of life is emerging in which young people are no longer adolescents but not yet adults.”

A report by Princeton and the Brookings Institution indicates that … Continue reading “Childfree as Lifestyle Choice”

Pressures, Judgments, Cruelty and Rejection Still Abound

I ran across again a couple of articles I saw in summer 2009 that are worth a read if you have not seen them. Macleans Canada ‘s “The Case Against Having Kids” by Anne Kingston discusses childfree issues, trends, and gives some recent stats.  What struck me most was the discussion about getting flack for the decision. Continue reading “Pressures, Judgments, Cruelty and Rejection Still Abound”