Social network characteristics among involuntarily and motivated childless couples in early midlife

Journal article
(Original article)


Publication Details

Author(s): Wagner J, Wrzus C, Neyer FJ, Lang F
Journal: Journal of Family Issues
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 36
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 87 - 110
ISSN: 0192-513X


Abstract


Whether couples have children or remain childless has largely been

associated with individual and couple characteristics. We propose that the

broader social network additionally differentiates between parents and

childless couples, particularly between involuntarily and voluntarily childless

couples. In light of this, we studied social network differences and their

interplay with dyadic and individual characteristics in three types of couples

with and without children, in a sample of 248 German early-midlife adults

(n = 41 voluntarily childless, n = 35 involuntarily childless, n = 48 traditional

parental dyads). A multinomial logistic regression analysis revealed that

social network characteristics distinguished between voluntarily and

involuntarily childless individuals. Additionally, attitudes toward children

differed substantially across types of couples, whereas levels of partnership

distress did not. Findings provide new insights into the significance of the

social network above and beyond dyadic and individual characteristics in

early-midlife couples with and without children.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Lang, Frieder Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Psychogerontologie


External institutions
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung (MPIB) / Max Planck Institute for Human Development


How to cite

APA:
Wagner, J., Wrzus, C., Neyer, F.J., & Lang, F. (2015). Social network characteristics among involuntarily and motivated childless couples in early midlife. Journal of Family Issues, 36(1), 87 - 110. https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0192513X13490931

MLA:
Wagner, Jenny, et al. "Social network characteristics among involuntarily and motivated childless couples in early midlife." Journal of Family Issues 36.1 (2015): 87 - 110.

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