What is it about?

Adult children play a very important role in the lives of their older parents. This paper looks at the experiences of older men who had wanted to be dads but did not become one and the impact it had on their attitudes, behaviours, economics, health and relationships. The paper shows that not having children affects men's men at and physical health.

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Why is it important?

There are more childless men than childless women yet stories of men's experiences of childlessness across their lives are very rare. The findings show that men are very interested in becoming fathers and that not becoming a dad is a life-long bereavement that impacts on how men feel about themselves and how they are seen by others.


I hope people find this article interesting, stimulating and thought provoking. Many people do not consider men as being interested in fatherhood yet very many are. This subject has implications not only for individuals but institutions too.

Dr Robin A Hadley
Manchester Metropolitan University

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This page is a summary of: ‘No longer invincible’: the impact of involuntary childlessness on older men, Physical Therapy Reviews, February 2021, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/10833196.2021.1884172.
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