The purpose of this research is to examine how childfree women construct positive social identity. This study focuses on women’s desires in regards to a childfree lifestyle, while taking stereotypes and identity into account. This study incorporates feminist, stigma, deviance, and neutralization theories. I conducted online, anonymous surveys of childfree Facebook group members. After recruiting 79 participants, I conducted a qualitative analysis in which I used Somers’ (1993) coding for common misconceptions about childfree people to explore this identity. I found three additional identity construction codes that were an addition to Somers’ coding dichotomies: proactive, reactive, and ambivalent. Simultaneously, this survey scans for social dynamics within specific online communities. All of the social and internal processes were essential for identity construction.


Fisher, Lisa


Sociology and Anthropology


Other Sociology | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Social Psychology and Interaction


Childfree, Stigma, Women, Identity, Pro-natalist, Reproduction

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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