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Childlessness and Relationships


Although a certain withdrawal of the childlessness trend in the past two years has been recognized, the question as to what extent the beginning of the reduced childbirth rate, including enforcing childlessness and the way it happened in the Czech Republic in the 90s, will significantly revise in cohorts, which originally brought this change. Rabušic (2001) implies that in the moments of the minute hand of the biological clock approaching twelve, a space for certain – though limited – turnaround is created. The research includes greater time prospect and universally definable categories of people who do not have children and belong to the cohort of ‚74-‘75. On the basis of the previous research (Single) conclusions, the research aims at revealing specific habits of people not realizing and not heading towards reproduction. The research is conducted in two mutually complemental lines: 1) return to 12 communication partners who were, 2 or 3 years ago, found as singles and verification of their partner life development state, with the respect to a) their continuing childlessness b) childbirth; 2) interviews with their communication partners who are not single, i.e. they live on different levels of declared relationships (long-term couples that do not live together, long-term cohabiting couples, and probably including voluntarily childless people in marriage.)


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