Involuntary Childless Marriages and the Effects of Reproductive Technology: The Case of Germany

  • Corinna Onnen-Isemann
Keywords: childlessness, stress, coping, reproductive medicine

Abstract

Since the late 19th century, the proportion of childless couples has increased continuously in almost all industrialized countries. In Germany, this rise was particularly strong. The emergence and continuous development of reproduction technologies triggered a social process, the end of which is not yet foreseeable: In public as well as scientific discussions, the "benefits" of these medical developments have been hotly debated. This wide-ranging coverage of the issue supported the couples' view that they will finally be able to fulfill their wish for a child by means of a reproduction treatment. The article reflects on the social implications of reproductive technologies. On the basis of the author's own study, an integrative model of coping was developed and tested empirically. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0001289

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Published
2000-01-31