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dc.contributor.authorWorobey, Adele
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-29T23:27:52Z
dc.date.available2016-08-29T23:27:52Z
dc.date.issued2009-05
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11803/426
dc.description.abstractDespite more women choosing not to have children, social stigma remains for voluntarily childfree women. Awareness and experience of this stigma may complicate the decision for women as well as increase social isolation during and after the decision-making process. Further, unacknowledged pronatalism and gaps in understanding the challenges inherent in saying no to parenting may result in therapists perpetuating the stigmatization of women who come to them for support in making a decision. In order to build on previous research and increase understanding of the decision-making process, voluntarily childfree women were interviewed and a grounded theory data analysis was employed. Results pointed to a style of decision-making not previously recognized – gradual deciders. In addition, factors identified as helpful and not helpful in the decision-making process point to counselling considerations. Further research is recommended.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectFamily planningen_US
dc.subjectCounseling of women on childbearingen_US
dc.titleTwo Roads: Women and the Decision to Remain Childfreeen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineCounselingen_US
thesis.degree.grantorCity University of Seattleen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
cityu.schoolDivision of Arts and Sciencesen_US
cityu.siteVictoriaen_US
cityu.site.countryCanadaen_US


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