Social Psychology & Family
Doing Family Without Having Kids
Article first published online: 20 JAN 2014
© 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Volume 8, Issue 1, pages 52–62, January 2014
How to Cite
Blackstone, A. (2014), Doing Family Without Having Kids. Sociology Compass, 8: 52–62. doi: 10.1111/soc4.12102
- Issue published online: 20 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 20 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 16 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Received: 18 DEC 2012
Families that do not include children are largely overlooked by family scholars and in popular discourse. Yet this is one of several family forms that has grown in developed nations since the 1970s. As increasingly fewer adults choose to become parents, understanding the families they create, and the consequences of these family forms, will become even more important. Studies of childless adults reveal that they create bonds to fulfill many of the same functions that families with children fulfill. Research on how, and the extent to which, the childless “do” family without kids is reviewed and suggestions for future research are made.