Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Childfree Couples

  • Mudita Rastogi
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_850

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Childfree Couples


Childfree by choice


In many cultures couples have traditionally followed the path of meeting, getting married, and raising a family. For some, this is the right choice but for others, factors such as career, prioritizing couple closeness, disinterest in raising children, and financial stability become more significant than choosing to be a parent. While “childless couples are unable to have children due to biological or psychological reasons, being voluntarily childfree is quite different than grappling with infertility or deciding to become adoptive parents.


Many couples feel that family and society expect them to follow a sequence of life stages including growing their family by adding children after they get married. The picture of a nuclear family with two parents and their biological children is widely portrayed in the media; couples desiring not to have children are often underrepresented in popular culture....

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mudita Rastogi
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy UniversitySchaumburgUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mudita Rastogi
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy UniversitySchaumburgUSA