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Infertility and Involuntary Childlessness: The Transition to Nonparenthood

Ralph Matthews and Anne Martin Matthews
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 48, No. 3 (Aug., 1986), pp. 641-649
DOI: 10.2307/352050
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352050
Page Count: 9
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Infertility and Involuntary Childlessness: The Transition to Nonparenthood
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Abstract

While the "transition to parenthood" has now received considerable attention from social scientists, the "transition to nonparenthood" experienced by infertile couples who are involuntarily childless has received little consideration. This article provides a theoretical framework for understanding the reality reconstructions, identity transformations, and role readjustments that must be made by involuntarily childless couples who are unable to make the transition to parenthood as they had anticipated.

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