Thank you for visting my website. This website is the successor to my research study website 'wantedtobeadad.com'.
I have recently completed my PhD at Keele University. My research study explored the experience of involuntarily childless older men and has recently gained much international attention (see the Media page). My interest in involuntarily childless men is in part due to my own sense of 'broodiness' and wish to become a father. I studied that motivation in my MA in Counselling dissertation and discovered there was very little information about men's experience of childlessness. In that study I interviewed 10 men the majority of whom linked their childlessness to episodes of depression. Intrigued by the absence of the male voice in the research surrounding reproduction I self-funded my MSc to try and find the level of 'broodiness' in adults in females and males, non-parents and parents. The results of my small mixed-methods study found that there was little difference in the desire to become a parent between female and male childless individuals. That study also indicated that for some male participants not becoming a parent had a greater negative effect than reported by the female participants.
The abstract of my PhD thesis can be found in the 'Research' section where the summaries of my MSc and MA dissertations are also available.
A link to a paper, 'Involuntarily childless men and the desire for fatherhood' based on my MA and MSc can be found here: bit.ly/1d1LVLb
Why is the study involuntarily older men important?
Research on older men who are involuntarily childless is important not only because of actual and projected demographic change but also because of the very small evidence base relating to the effects of involuntary childlessness on men as they age. My study aims to record the life experiences of men aged 50 and over who don’t have children, but who, now or in the past, wanted to be a father.
Population statistics show that there is a falling birth rate, with more women deciding to have children at an older age, fewer men becoming fathers, and smaller sizes of families. The statistics also indicate that people are living longer with the oldest ages increasing in number the fastest. This has drawn the attention of both individuals and authorities to the future impact of these trends on both the economic (pensions) and social (health and care) provision. Most research on the experience of childlessness has focussed on women and couples in infertility treatment. Likewise recent studies into ageing and later life have mostly concentrated on women, families, and couples. As a result there is little known about the impact of involuntary childlessness on men as they age and any effects this may have on how they see themselves, how they feel others see and treat them, their relationships, social life, health, care, and wellbeing.
Academia and the Arts.
My research have been used as the basis of a play, ‘The Broody Boys’, by the Australian actor/writer/producer Alan Hopgood.
Details of Alan's award winning plays can be found here: www.healthplay.com.au
If you are interested in 'The Broody Boys' please contact either myself or Alan.