Strictly speaking, a childless couple constitutes a family, but almost every adult knows what it means when a woman is alleged to be "in a family way." In fact, nearly half as many children today are born out of wedlock as are born in it (Rosenberg et al., 1996). One of the main purposes of getting married is to have children, but not all married people have them or even want to. Some married adults, so-called early articulators, have known since childhood or adolescence that they did not want children, and others ( post-poners ) simply delay having children until it becomes obvious that they will never be parents (Veevers, 1980).
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