Participants Needed for Study on Childfree

Research! Sociology! Helping graduate students! These are just a few of my favorite things. And when all of that collides with better understanding the childfree choice, well, that’s just incredible!

Sociology doctoral student Brooke Long needs our help. She wants to better understand how those of us who don’t have kids feel about that identity and how it impacts our day to day lives. Take a look at her intro below and please, for the love of research, take her survey!

Click HERE for survey link.

From Brooke:

Brooke Long

“My name is Brooke Long and I am currently working on my dissertation at Kent State University within the Department of Sociology. For the most part, my research is focused on identities from a social psychological perspective. More specifically, I am interested in how the various identities people have impact their daily lives. For example, this research focuses on being parents or not having children, being married or being single, and being religious or non-religious. Religion and family are two important components of everyday life that impact many daily decisions. For my dissertation I am really focusing on individuals who have one or more of the following identities: non-religious, voluntarily childless, and voluntarily single and how these identities impact their lives and relationships.

I am, however, interested in individuals who are parents, married, and religious and how they experience these various parts of their self, so anyone, regardless of their parental, marital, or religious status is welcome and encouraged to participate in this survey. I am sincerely grateful for your time and willingness to help me further my doctoral research and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. You may contact me at

The online survey takes between 20 and 30 minutes to complete. You will be given log-in information that will allow you to return to the survey if you find yourself unable to complete it in one sitting. This survey does not contain any questions about sensitive topics or issues. A majority of the questions focus on your parental, relationship, and religious status. All information will be kept confidential and this research has been approved by Kent State University’s Institutional Review Board. Once again, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and thank you for your willingness to help.”

16 Responses to Participants Needed for Study on Childfree

  1. Brooke August 29, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    Thank you all so much for your willingness to participate. I apologize for any technical issues you may have experienced while attempting to access the survey. Here is a live link to the survey:

    Also, please allow me to apologize for what appears to be an insensitivity of language for the survey with the use of the word “childless” throughout. I recognize this is not the ideal language, but given restrictions both institutionally and technically beyond my control, I was unable to use individuals without children as my preferred response. Also, please understand that this survey is not only about being childfree, but it also includes questions about religion/non-religion; relationship status, and parental status including those with children, childfree, and childless. Therefore, while the first questions are about religion, there are an equal number of questions about not having children, and relationship status. Please accept my sincere apologies for any confusion and I deeply appreciate the support and help with the research project.

    • Krista Vanderpool August 29, 2016 at 6:49 pm #

      still experiencing technical issues. even with the new link you provided once i record the login info for the survey once i hit next it gives me an error message “your survey was interrupted unexpectedly please log back in to continue where you left off” even though i had not reached a point yet to even log in for the first time to start the survey. i would really like to participate but it seems this glitchy platform its on is not worth all the trouble. sorry. 🙁

    • Terri Di Cintio August 31, 2016 at 9:06 am #

      I was really interested in participating but after answering questions about religion/non-religion for 20 minutes, I gave up thinking I had been linked to the wrong study though I see from the comments that it was the right one. I don’t know if I have the energy to go back though. It would help if the survey told you how far along you were towards completing it as many do.

    • Barb September 2, 2016 at 10:45 pm #

      I’m on my phone and after logging in, the next button does not work so I can’t even begin with any questions.

      • Barb September 2, 2016 at 11:35 pm #

        Never mind! I started over and was able to complete it.

  2. Sarah August 18, 2016 at 10:26 pm #

    Hi there, is the study closed? The link didn’t seem to lead to an active page. If it’s still open I’d love to participate (happily childfree and non-religious)! Thanks so much. 🙂

  3. Bert Gevera Piedmont August 3, 2016 at 9:19 pm #

    There’s something wrong with the survey. “Exception of type ‘System.Web.HttpUnhandledException’ was thrown.”

  4. Kelly A. Orwig July 23, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

    I desperately want to know how this study goes!

  5. Angela Carpenter July 21, 2016 at 9:26 am #

    I am glad to help out and have a single, childless friend who I will recruit too. Would you please email this to me so I won’t lose it? Things on Facebook seem to disappear.


    Angela Carpenter

  6. lilly July 20, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

    Sorry could not get the survey

  7. Angel July 19, 2016 at 10:24 pm #

    After 50 questions about religion I gave up. Thought this was about being childfree.

  8. Jan Geisler Zang July 19, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

    Most of us prefer the word ChildFREE not child less, child less denotes a loss of something.

  9. river why July 19, 2016 at 5:46 pm #

    Beware… this is a questionnaire about religion, relationships, and childfree status. It takes forever to fill out. I gave up and didn’t finish it.

  10. Krista Vanderpool July 19, 2016 at 11:35 am #

    this survey site is extremely glitchy. the link to do this survey was shared in a facebook group i’m a part of but i cant even get in to do the survey because before i even start i get an error message saying my survey was interrupted and then kicked off the survey platform.

  11. Jenna July 19, 2016 at 10:37 am #

    This is a weird survey that seems to obsess about religion. How in the hell am I supposed to know how many hours a week I spend with religious and non religious people?

  12. Debbie July 19, 2016 at 10:30 am #

    All I get is an error message about continuing where I left off…. and I haven’t even started the survey yet. Probably need a better link.

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