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Fertility, Infertility, Adoption, and Kinship

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The Fertility and Infertility Program supports research on processes within social, institutional, economic, and cultural contexts that influence the quantity, timing and circumstances of childbearing.

In the area of fertility, the program supports studies of trends and differentials by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other characteristics. Specific areas of interest include fertility in relation to other life course domains and trajectories, such as education, work, residential mobility, health, and the timing and characteristics of romantic unions. The Program also funds studies of the policy, social, economic, cultural, psychological, and biological factors and processes that influence fertility intentions and behavior, as well as the consequences of the quantity, timing, and circumstances of childbearing for the well-being of families, communities, and societies.

In the area of infertility, the Program supports research on diminished fecundity and variations in pregnancy attainment, characteristics, and resolution; help-seeking and diagnosis patterns and processes; treatment access and decision-making; and short- and long-term consequences of infertility or infertility-associated treatment for women, men, couples, and children. Studies of social, economic, and policy factors that generate disparities in infertility and infertility treatment are also of interest.

The Adoption and Kinship Program supports research on adoption as a population-level phenomenon. Specific programmatic interests include adoption, biological fertility, and infertility treatments as complements/substitutes; social, economic, and policy processes related to adoption and kinship; and social, cultural, legal, psychological, and biological factors and processes that influence understandings of kinship, including meanings assigned to genetics and adoption.


Contact: Dr. Rosalind King

Last Updated Date: 12/03/2012
Last Reviewed Date: 12/03/2012

Contact Information

Name: Dr Rebecca L Clark
Branch Chief
Population Dynamics Branch
Phone: 301-496-1174
Fax: 301-496-0962
Email: rclark@mail.nih.gov

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