happiness

Weighing In on Kids-No Kids Happiness Research

Hot off the research press are the results of two studies came out to add to the collection of research on who’s happiest — parents or those with no children. One was sponsored by Open University in Great Britain, and was based on an online survey of about 4500 respondents. The media has had a field day with it, particularly the findings that Continue reading “Weighing In on Kids-No Kids Happiness Research”

Advancing the Research on the Childfree and Online Childfree Communities

Tracy Morison, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow in the Human and Social Development Research Program and Honorary Research Associate in the Psychology Department at Rhodes University in South Africa, recently passed on an interesting Master’s thesis to me. Julia Moore’s thesis for her Master’s in Communications at San Diego State University examined the childfree in an area that has grown dramatically in the last several years: online childfree communities.  The thesis is titled… Continue reading “Advancing the Research on the Childfree and Online Childfree Communities”

Nonfiction Books To Be Thankful For

Reading Rifflebooks giving thanks for November nonfiction releases inspired me to think about nonfiction books I am thankful for… There are so many! Here are just two that immediately came to mind: Continue reading “Nonfiction Books To Be Thankful For”

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”

A Hot Off the Press Dissertation on Childfree Women

Childfree Psy.D. student, Adi Avivi MS, recently conducted an interesting dissertation project. It examined childfree women’s communication on online platforms. I asked Adi if she would summarize her research for us to read here, and she was kind enough to say yes! Here is her summary: Continue reading “A Hot Off the Press Dissertation on Childfree Women”

Pew Research

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”

Always a creeping non-choice?

Gen Xers Having Fewer Kids: Is It Only a Creeping Non-Choice?

Earlier this year I posted on some initial findings from recent research conducted by Center for Work Life Policy on the Gen X generation. The research publication is just out.  One area it looked at was the kid factor. Check out some of the findings on this score and how Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the founding president of the Center for Work Life Policy interprets them… Continue reading “Gen Xers Having Fewer Kids: Is It Only a Creeping Non-Choice?”