What is it about?

There is little research exploring the desire for fatherhood. In this study I interviewed 10 men about their wish to become a father.

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Why is it important?

There is very little work on men's experience of not becoing a father yet there are more childless men than women. Not achieving parenthood is unexpected and can lead to physical and mental health issues.


I (Robin Hadley) carried out this research because I am a man who was desperate to be a dad in my mid-30's. I thought I was the only one who felt bad about not being a dad. However, a lot of men feel that way but find it difficult to talk. This article gives insight in to the range of experiences, thoughts and feelings about men and their wish to become fathers. Both Terry Hanley and I hope you find the work interesting and of use in your professional and personal lives.

Dr Robin A Hadley
Manchester Metropolitan University

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This page is a summary of: Involuntarily childless men and the desire for fatherhood, Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, February 2011, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2010.544294.
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