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It seems views having children are changing the USA. New research shows that 25 per cent adults do not want to have children. A study Michigan State University (MSU) reveals that a quarter American adults are happy to be "child-free". It says these people do not want children and are happier them. MSU psychologists Jennifer Watling Neal and Zachary Neal did research why people who do not want children might be different. They wanted to find what the differences were between these child-free people and "non-parents". They said non-parents include "not-yet-parents" (those planning to have kids) and people who cannot have kids due to medical problems.

The researchers looked data 1,000 adults who took part an MSU survey. Ms Neal said: "We were most surprised how many child-free people there are. We found that more than one four people...identified as child-free, which is much higher than... previous studies." She said child-free people were more liberal than those children, who were more conservative. She found that unsurprisingly, parents were more likely to be a relationship. Around half the child-free adults were single. Ms Neal also said child-free adults were a little younger and less well-educated than parents or non-parents. She added that more research is needed to find why people make the decision to be child-free.

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