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Motivation for Parenthood among LGBTIQ People in Croatia: Reasons for (not) Becoming a Parent

Marina Štambuk ; Department of Management and Rural Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Marina Milković orcid id ; Centre for Social Welfare Zagreb, Subsidiary Gornji grad – Medveščak, Zagreb, Croatia
Antonija Maričić ; Zagreb, Croatia

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Parenting desires, intentions, and the underlying motivation for parenthood are well documented in the context of heterosexual couple parenthood, while among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people research is limited. The main goal of this study was to explore parenting desire and different reasons to become a parent or remain childfree among LGBTIQ people in Croatia. 486 childless LGBTIQ people participated in an on-line survey. In the quantitative part of the study, parenting desire and reasons for and against parenthood were measured, while the qualitative part analysed the answers to open-ended questions about additional reasons that influence the desire to want or not to want children. The results showed that 46% of the participants want to become parents, 35% did not know, and 19% reported they do not want to have children. The main reasons for parenthood among the participants who want children were internal – the desire to give love, share knowledge, and develop a special bond with a child. The participants who do not want to have children also stressed internal reasons against parenthood, such as restricted personal freedom, high responsibility, and the amount of workload they perceive as a part of parenthood. Several additional reasons for and against parenthood emerged from the qualitative data. Some reasons reflected universal issues unrelated to sexual orientation or gender identity, while others conveyed concerns related to social and legal barriers that LGBTIQ people face when it comes to parenthood.


parenting desires, reasons for parenthood, reasons against parenthood, LGBTIQ people

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