Childlessness: A life choice that goes against the norm

Charlotte Debest, Magali Mazuy, N. Bajos, Caroline Moreau, A. Bohet, A. Andro, L. Aussel, J. Bouyer, G. Charrance, C. Debest, D. Dinova, D. Hassoun, M. Le Guen, S. Legleye, E. Marsicano, M. Mazuy, E. Moreau, H. Panjo, N. Razafindratsima, A. Régnier-LoilierV. Ringa, E. De La Rochebrochard, V. Rozée, M. Teboul, L. Toulemon, C. Ventola

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

In France, only a minority of people wish to remain childless, and the proportion reporting this choice has remained stable for the last two decades. In statistical terms, reporting a wish to remain childless is more frequent among persons who are not in a union, among highly educated women and among men with a low educational level or at the end of their reproductive life. Data from the Fecond survey (2010) and from a qualitative interview-based survey indicated that more than half of the persons reporting a wish to remain childless are in a union and that the majority give "libertarian" reasons for this choice, such as being "happy without children" and a "desire for freedom". Running counter to the "family" norm, these people affirm a positive life choice focusing on personal fulfilment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPopulation and Societies
Issue number508
StatePublished - Mar 6 2014
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

childlessness
France
human being
Interviews
qualitative interview
minority
Surveys and Questionnaires

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies

Cite this

Debest, C., Mazuy, M., Bajos, N., Moreau, C., Bohet, A., Andro, A., ... Ventola, C. (2014). Childlessness: A life choice that goes against the norm. Population and Societies, (508).

Childlessness : A life choice that goes against the norm. / Debest, Charlotte; Mazuy, Magali; Bajos, N.; Moreau, Caroline; Bohet, A.; Andro, A.; Aussel, L.; Bouyer, J.; Charrance, G.; Debest, C.; Dinova, D.; Hassoun, D.; Le Guen, M.; Legleye, S.; Marsicano, E.; Mazuy, M.; Moreau, E.; Panjo, H.; Razafindratsima, N.; Régnier-Loilier, A.; Ringa, V.; De La Rochebrochard, E.; Rozée, V.; Teboul, M.; Toulemon, L.; Ventola, C.

In: Population and Societies, No. 508, 06.03.2014.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Debest, C, Mazuy, M, Bajos, N, Moreau, C, Bohet, A, Andro, A, Aussel, L, Bouyer, J, Charrance, G, Debest, C, Dinova, D, Hassoun, D, Le Guen, M, Legleye, S, Marsicano, E, Mazuy, M, Moreau, E, Panjo, H, Razafindratsima, N, Régnier-Loilier, A, Ringa, V, De La Rochebrochard, E, Rozée, V, Teboul, M, Toulemon, L & Ventola, C 2014, 'Childlessness: A life choice that goes against the norm', Population and Societies, no. 508.
Debest C, Mazuy M, Bajos N, Moreau C, Bohet A, Andro A et al. Childlessness: A life choice that goes against the norm. Population and Societies. 2014 Mar 6;(508).
Debest, Charlotte ; Mazuy, Magali ; Bajos, N. ; Moreau, Caroline ; Bohet, A. ; Andro, A. ; Aussel, L. ; Bouyer, J. ; Charrance, G. ; Debest, C. ; Dinova, D. ; Hassoun, D. ; Le Guen, M. ; Legleye, S. ; Marsicano, E. ; Mazuy, M. ; Moreau, E. ; Panjo, H. ; Razafindratsima, N. ; Régnier-Loilier, A. ; Ringa, V. ; De La Rochebrochard, E. ; Rozée, V. ; Teboul, M. ; Toulemon, L. ; Ventola, C. / Childlessness : A life choice that goes against the norm. In: Population and Societies. 2014 ; No. 508.
@article{d4d52aaeed454534a9e9d2966eb922fa,
title = "Childlessness: A life choice that goes against the norm",
abstract = "In France, only a minority of people wish to remain childless, and the proportion reporting this choice has remained stable for the last two decades. In statistical terms, reporting a wish to remain childless is more frequent among persons who are not in a union, among highly educated women and among men with a low educational level or at the end of their reproductive life. Data from the Fecond survey (2010) and from a qualitative interview-based survey indicated that more than half of the persons reporting a wish to remain childless are in a union and that the majority give {"}libertarian{"} reasons for this choice, such as being {"}happy without children{"} and a {"}desire for freedom{"}. Running counter to the {"}family{"} norm, these people affirm a positive life choice focusing on personal fulfilment.",
author = "Charlotte Debest and Magali Mazuy and N. Bajos and Caroline Moreau and A. Bohet and A. Andro and L. Aussel and J. Bouyer and G. Charrance and C. Debest and D. Dinova and D. Hassoun and {Le Guen}, M. and S. Legleye and E. Marsicano and M. Mazuy and E. Moreau and H. Panjo and N. Razafindratsima and A. R{\'e}gnier-Loilier and V. Ringa and {De La Rochebrochard}, E. and V. Roz{\'e}e and M. Teboul and L. Toulemon and C. Ventola",
year = "2014",
month = "3",
day = "6",
language = "English (US)",
journal = "Population and Societies",
issn = "0184-7783",
publisher = "Institut National d'Etudes Demographiques",
number = "508",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Childlessness

T2 - A life choice that goes against the norm

AU - Debest, Charlotte

AU - Mazuy, Magali

AU - Bajos, N.

AU - Moreau, Caroline

AU - Bohet, A.

AU - Andro, A.

AU - Aussel, L.

AU - Bouyer, J.

AU - Charrance, G.

AU - Debest, C.

AU - Dinova, D.

AU - Hassoun, D.

AU - Le Guen, M.

AU - Legleye, S.

AU - Marsicano, E.

AU - Mazuy, M.

AU - Moreau, E.

AU - Panjo, H.

AU - Razafindratsima, N.

AU - Régnier-Loilier, A.

AU - Ringa, V.

AU - De La Rochebrochard, E.

AU - Rozée, V.

AU - Teboul, M.

AU - Toulemon, L.

AU - Ventola, C.

PY - 2014/3/6

Y1 - 2014/3/6

N2 - In France, only a minority of people wish to remain childless, and the proportion reporting this choice has remained stable for the last two decades. In statistical terms, reporting a wish to remain childless is more frequent among persons who are not in a union, among highly educated women and among men with a low educational level or at the end of their reproductive life. Data from the Fecond survey (2010) and from a qualitative interview-based survey indicated that more than half of the persons reporting a wish to remain childless are in a union and that the majority give "libertarian" reasons for this choice, such as being "happy without children" and a "desire for freedom". Running counter to the "family" norm, these people affirm a positive life choice focusing on personal fulfilment.

AB - In France, only a minority of people wish to remain childless, and the proportion reporting this choice has remained stable for the last two decades. In statistical terms, reporting a wish to remain childless is more frequent among persons who are not in a union, among highly educated women and among men with a low educational level or at the end of their reproductive life. Data from the Fecond survey (2010) and from a qualitative interview-based survey indicated that more than half of the persons reporting a wish to remain childless are in a union and that the majority give "libertarian" reasons for this choice, such as being "happy without children" and a "desire for freedom". Running counter to the "family" norm, these people affirm a positive life choice focusing on personal fulfilment.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84894831938&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84894831938&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84894831938

JO - Population and Societies

JF - Population and Societies

SN - 0184-7783

IS - 508

ER -