Using over 125 interviews with women who have no children, Yvonne Vissing explodes our cultural myths by exploring not only the reasons why these people have no children, but also how childlessness affects and shapes their day-to-day lives. The author shows us the issues that are central for the women in part by having them tell their stories in their own words. The book is organized in three main sections - the social context of ""childlessness"", its causes and its meanings. Each section places the women's experiences within a demographic and sociological context to help readers understand the issues these individuals face and the ways they must make a place for themselves in today's society.
Yvonne Vissing is a professor of sociology at Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts, where she is the coordinator for its Center for Child Studies. She is the author of Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Homeless Children and Families in Small-Town America.
Childlessness in America * The Pushes and Pulls of Childlessness * Impact of Body, Mind, and Family Interactions * Consequences of Partnerships * Lifestyle Choices * Infertility, Miscarriage, and Infant Death * Choosing to End Family Dysfunction * Processing Childlessness * Child Haves and Have-Nots * Nurturing Others * Childless Women Growing Older * Reflections on a Childless Life