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Never married childless women Borycki, Barbara C.
A qualitative phenomenological paradigm was utilized to explore the personal development, career and relational experiences of never-married childless working women in mid-life, who regarded themselves as satisfied. Seven never-married women between the ages of 39 and 60 participated in this study. During individual, in-depth personal interviews which were audio-taped, the women described their perceptions and experiences as never-married childless women. Five common themes were extrapolated from the data using a thematic analysis procedure devised by Colaizzi (1978). The themes described the women's experiences of feeling different, the importance of relationships, the awareness of being fundamentally alone, the desire for self-reliance and the developmental influence of family role models.
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