Judith C. Daniluk is a professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
Reconstructing Their Lives: A Longitudinal, Qualitative Analysis of the Transition to Biological Childlessness for Infertile Couples
Version of Record online: 23 DEC 2011
2001 American Counseling Association
Journal of Counseling & Development
Volume 79, Issue 4, pages 439–449, Fall 2001
How to Cite
Daniluk, J. C. (2001), Reconstructing Their Lives: A Longitudinal, Qualitative Analysis of the Transition to Biological Childlessness for Infertile Couples. Journal of Counseling & Development, 79: 439–449. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2001.tb01991.x
- Issue online: 23 DEC 2011
- Version of Record online: 23 DEC 2011
A 3-year, longitudinal study was conducted to determine how infertile couples make the transition to biological childlessness after medical treatment fails. Four in-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 37 couples at 10-month intervals beginning within 2 months after they stopped trying to conceive. Phenomenological analysis of these data indicated progressive adaptation by the participants to their biological childlessness over time, with greater overall life satisfaction being most apparent for those who were successful in creating their families through adoption.