Representations of voluntary childlessness in the UK Press, 1990-2008

David Giles, Rachel L. Shaw, William Morgan

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Representations of voluntary childlessness — the declaration by an individual that he or she does not wish to bear or raise children — were studied in 116 articles published in British national newspapers in the period 1990—2008. Media framing analysis was used to examine broad patterns of framing of the topic, identifying four frames: voluntary childlessness as an individual rights issue, as a form of resistance, as a social trend, and as a personal decision. These frames, it is argued, may act as potential ‘scripts’ for newspaper readers who are debating the decision to start a family.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1218-1228
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009


  • framing
  • lifestyles
  • media representations
  • parenting
  • reproduction


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