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It seems [views / view] on having children are changing in the USA. New research [show / shows] that 25 per cent of adults do not want to have children. A study from Michigan State University (MSU) [revolves / reveals] that a quarter of American adults are [happy / happily] to be "child-free". It says [them / these] people do not want children and are happier without them. MSU psychologists Jennifer Watling Neal and Zachary Neal did research [in / on] why people who do not want children might [be / have] different. They wanted to find [out / in] what the differences were between these child-free people and "non-parents". They said non-parents [conclude / include] "not-yet-parents" (those planning to have kids) and people who cannot have kids due [for / to] medical problems.

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

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