Voluntary Childlessness

  • Elissa Benedek
  • Richard Vaughn
  • Lidia M. Rubinstein
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)


The editors of this book initially titled this chapter “Voluntary Childlessness: A Work Inhibition?”; however, in this chapter, the authors have discussed the conscious decision of a couple to remain childless, not a neurotic unresolved conflict leading to childlessness. Approximately 11% of the families in the population remain childless. Of this group, 10% are infertile for psychological and medical reasons. The other 1%–2% chose childlessness as a life-style, after consciously weighing both the pleasures and the problems inherent in their decision (Bram, 1976; Kaltreider & Margolis, 1977). This paper focuses on that latter 1%–2%.


Nulliparous Woman Childless Woman Childless Couple Voluntary Childlessness Childbearing Motivation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elissa Benedek
    • 1
  • Richard Vaughn
    • 2
  • Lidia M. Rubinstein
    • 3
  1. 1.Director of Training, Center for Forensic PsychiatryUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.West Shore Mental Health CenterMuskegon County Community Mental Health BoardMuskegonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Family Planning ClinicUniversity of California at Los Angeles School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA

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