'To be a man without a child....'


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Rob Hadley is an independent research consultant who has conducted research with the Open University and Manchester Metropolitan University where he is an associate lecturer. His research concerns the impact of male involuntary childlessness across the life course. He studied the topic for his dissertation and discovered there was very little information about men’s desire for fatherhood or experience of unwanted childlessness.

He is also a counsellor and author of Male Childlessness as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles on this theme.

This may seem like an unusual topic for us but there are many men who are incarcerated for years and from an early age. For those men in the high secure estate who aren’t already fathers when they come to prison they are likely spend the period of life most associated with reproductive success inside and possibly miss the boat altogether.

Rob has been unshirking in facing up to the issues around involuntary childlessness. Many of these issues are rarely spoken about, if at all and it does not always make for comfortable listening. But in the end it makes for an affecting and thought provoking conversation.

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