What is it about?

This paper explores how childlessness impacts on the social networks of older non-heterosexual and heterosexual childless men who wanted to be dad. It shows how the men's intimate and wider relationships are affected and how the men are viewed by others.

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Why is it important?

This research is important because there is little work on childless older men even though there are more childless men than childless women.


I hope this article makes people think about how childlessness affects people for their whole lives and in lots of different ways.

Dr Robin A Hadley
Manchester Metropolitan University

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This page is a summary of: ‘It's most of my life – going to the pub or the group’: the social networks of involuntarily childless older men, Ageing and Society, July 2019, Cambridge University Press,
DOI: 10.1017/s0144686x19000837.
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