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ERIC Number: ED435505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Pages: 6
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The Impact on Parents of the Arrival of a New Baby: Their Expectations and the Changes Which They Go through.
Menendez, Susana; Hidalgo, M. Victoria
Research on the transition to parenthood suggests that the extent of the changes mothers and fathers undergo depends to a degree on the expectations which they develop during pregnancy. This study focused on expectations held by parents-to-be at the outset of the pregnancy regarding the potential effects that the baby's arrival would have on various aspects of their lives. One year later, data were obtained about the real changes experienced by the parents. Participating in the study were 95 families studied longitudinally from the beginning of the mother's pregnancy until their children were 10 to 12 months old. Subjects differed in parity, educational level, and maternal employment status. Fathers and mothers were interviewed separately regarding their social network and social support, marital relationship, division of domestic labor, expected father involvement in childrearing, and resources for facing parenthood. At a follow-up visit to their homes, parents were interviewed regarding the same issues, and they also noted their level of satisfaction with parenthood. Findings indicated that the actual impact of the arrival of a baby was anticipated only in a very general, nonspecific way and that the expectations held during pregnancy corresponded poorly with the actual situation parents experienced a year and a half later. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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