HomePsychology and Education: A Multidisciplinary Journalvol. 7 no. 8 (2023)

Life without a Child: A Phenomenological Study of Adult Couples in Quezon City

Eunice Zapanta | Abigail Apo | Althea Melyn Medalla | Andrea Ashley Antonio | Cristian Job Deguzman | Bea Teresa S. Sengco

Discipline: Education



Being childless and child-free is unusual in the Philippines as every couple is expected to have a child after their marriage. Some people believe that it is the child’s responsibility to take care of and look after their parents when they become old. Researchers interviewed a total of ten (10) heterosexual adult couples through in-person and virtual platforms in order to identify the challenges, coping methods, and perspectives of childless and child-free adult couples. The findings illustrated the various experiences and the influences that led adult couples to live a life without a child. The main factors of adult couples' decision-making are due to their unpleasant upbringing and they are prioritizing their self-growth, as well as maintaining great importance on their careers. Despite being certain in their decision, child-free couples frequently experience criticism and invalidation from both family and friends, as well as from the general public. Based on the indicated findings, the study emphasizes the significance of understanding the perspective and acceptance that child-free couples need from their social environment. It also underlines the importance of increasing public awareness about childless and child-free couples in order to gradually lessen the stigma associated with the decision to forgo having children.


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