Jacque Reid goes “Inside Her Story” with Dr. Argie Allen about circumstantial childlessness and the effects it has on women who are dealing with it. Circumstantial childlessness is when women are unable to have children due to health reasons, financial insecurity, lack of a partner or other reasons that prohibit them from having children.
In an interesting flip men do not fare as well being childless. Robin Hadley, a researcher from Keele University, Staffordshire, England, conducted a survey which involved 27 men and 81 women who were not parents. The participants were asked whether or not they wanted kids and why.
According to the results, 59% of the males and 63% of the females said they wanted children.
Of the men who wanted kids:
- 50% had experienced isolation because they did not have any kids, vs. 27% of women
- 38% had experienced depression, vs. 27% of women
- 25% had experienced anger, vs. 18% of women
- 56% had experienced sadness, vs. 43% of women
- 56% experienced jealousy of those with children, vs. 47% of women
- 69% had experienced yearning for a child, vs. 11% of women
- No men had experienced guilt because they did not have any kids, vs. 16% of women
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