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Living near family low on home search wish lists, poll finds – from

Dr. Amy, sociologist extraordinaire, was asked by to comment on a recent online survey conducted by, a real estate site. The survey separates parents from non-parents, but like most surveys, does not separate the childfree from the childless. Still, there’s some interesting info in there. The survey reports that, compared to parents, non-parents… […]

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Two Things I’d Add to My Chat with Katie Couric

UPDATE: The show is scheduled to air on Monday, September 16. Woohoo! Yesterday I had the chance to fulfill one of my biggest professional goals – to discuss the contributions of sociological research in a broad-reaching, national forum. Ok, ok, the REAL goal was always to do this on Oprah. But then Oprah up and […]

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6 Things We Know About the Childfree: Summarizing the Research

Last week I posted a call for more sociology of the childfree. Then it occurred to me: why not share what we already know from the good research that has been conducted? Decisions about whether to have or rear children, as well as perceptions of people who choose not to parent, are linked to a variety of […]

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Sociology of Childfree

This weekend I’m attending the American Sociological Association’s 108th Annual Meeting in New York. Woohoo, right?! I love connecting with other sociologists and learning about the latest and greatest research in my areas of interest and expertise. Sad Trombone Upon perusal of the conference program, however, I discovered nary a presentation on the childfree (cue […]

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Employment Discrimination Against Women Without Kids

An article published by the All-China Women’s Federation describes findings from a recent survey suggesting that married women without kids and single women “past the optimal marrying age” are “likely to encounter discrimination in job-seeking.” Employers, it seems, assume that women without kids will have them eventually and that women’s presumed childbearing will cost the company […]

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A Study of Childfree Black Women’s Experiences

Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest! We recently had the pleasure of meeting Kimya N. Dennis, a sociologist and criminologist who has embarked on a study of childfree Black women. After posting a call to participate in her research, we invited Kimya to share a little more about her research with us and she does […]

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Call for Research Participants

Kimya N. Dennis, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Studies at Salem College, is conducting research on the experiences of childfree Black women. The following are minimum requirements for participation: 1. Twenty-three years of age or older. 2. Identifies as a woman who is Black, African-American, or of the more immediate African diaspora. 3. Has made […]

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Research on the Decision Not to Parent

“Choosing to be Childfree: Research on the Decision Not to Parent,” in Sociology Compass. A review of literature featuring studies of the voluntarily childless. Identifies three main trends in studies of the childfree: 1) A focus on the pathways that adults take toward becoming childfree; 2) Studies that examine the unfounded stereotype that the childfree […]

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It’s a conscious decision

Presented at the 2012 meeting of the American Sociological Association. To date, much of the research on adults without children has either focused exclusively on women or has utilized a childless as opposed to a childfree framework, thus emphasizing an absence rather than the presence of a conscious decision not to have children. In this […]

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I get to be her playmate

Presented at the 2012 meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. Based on interviews with 31 childfree adults (21 women, 10 men), in this paper I examine childfree people’s relationships with children. Specifically, I analyze the stories childfree people tell about the roles of children in their own lives, in the lives of others, and in […]

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