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Childless: No Choice : The Experience of Involuntary Childlessness - James H. Monach

Childless: No Choice

The Experience of Involuntary Childlessness

Hardcover Published: 15th April 1993
ISBN: 9780415040907
Number Of Pages: 288

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As many as one in five couples in some population groups can be infertile and, despite the attention attracted by technological advances and media coverage, these people often feel totally isolated, stigmatized, and misunderstood by professionals and ordinary people.
"Childless: No Choice" is based on original research into the emotional and social aspects of involuntary childlessness, its main component being a long-term study of the experiences of couples attending an infertility clinic. The study is further supported by a community survey and a survey of the attitudes of general practitioners.
At a time of new advances in infertility treatments and new legislative controls, it is important that medical professionals addressing this issue have a full appreciation of the personal experiences and views of infertile people. James H. Monach examines in detail the causes of childlessness and the availability of choices for childless people including artificial insemination, foster parenting and adoption.
This book will be invaluable to doctors, sociologists, social workers, psychologists, health administrators and anyone who works with childless couples, as well as childless couples themselves.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Childless: The Contextp. 1
Understanding Childlessnessp. 15
Pronatalismp. 44
Childlessness in Community and Clinicp. 60
Acknowledging Childlessnessp. 84
Experiencing Childlessnessp. 109
Undergoing Childlessnessp. 143
Resolving Childlessnessp. 181
The Present and the Futurep. 210
Glossary of Medical Termsp. 229
Normal Reproductionp. 239
Investigation of Infertilityp. 242
Fertility Problemsp. 245
Bibliographyp. 253
Name Indexp. 264
Subject Indexp. 268
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ISBN: 9780415040907
ISBN-10: 0415040906
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 15th April 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1