Examining Lived Experiences of Infertility and Perceptions Toward the Adoption of Children in Urban India

Jagriti Gangopadhyay, Kartik Mathur

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Abstract

Infertility is emerging to be a key health concern in urban India. As a result, infertile couples in urban India tend to rely on assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) for a child. Several media reports have highlighted that infertile couples in urban India intend to adopt a child only when all possibilities of becoming biological parents have been exhausted. Several studies have examined the relationship between infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in urban India. However, there is limited academic scholarship on the attitudes of infertile couples toward the adoption of children in India. Adopting a qualitative lens and using the functionalist theoretical framework the present study examines the different factors that shape the perceptions toward child adoption among infertile couples in urban Goa, India. In the process, the study also reflects on the intersections between infertility and gender role fulfillment among these couples to understand the lived experience of infertility on a regular basis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-249
Number of pages21
JournalAdoption Quarterly
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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