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ERIC Number: EJ783711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Psychological Implications of Motherhood and Fatherhood in Midlife: Evidence from Sibling Models
Pudrovska, Tetyana
Journal of Marriage and Family, v70 n1 p168-181 Feb 2008
Using data from 4,744 full, twin, half-, adopted, and stepsiblings in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, I examine psychological consequences of motherhood and fatherhood in midlife. My analysis includes between-family models that compare individuals across families and within-family models comparing siblings from the same family to account for unobserved genetic and environmental endowments that may confound the relationship between parenthood and mental health. Further, I examine whether the psychological effect of parenthood varies among different types of sibling dyads. The findings reveal that parenthood has similar psychological implications for middle-aged mothers and fathers. Main differences arise from specific configurations of the parental role. The association between parenthood and mental health partly reflects genetic influences but not shared early-life environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin