Insight into the Parenthood Paradox: Mental Health Outcomes of Intensive Mothering

@article{Rizzo2013InsightIT,
  title={Insight into the Parenthood Paradox: Mental Health Outcomes of Intensive Mothering},
  author={Kathryn M. Rizzo and Holly H. Schiffrin and Miriam Liss},
  journal={Journal of Child and Family Studies},
  year={2013},
  volume={22},
  pages={614-620}
}
Though people often report wanting to have children because they think it will make them happier, much research suggests that parenting is associated with decreased well-being. Other studies have found that parenting is related to increased life satisfaction. The goal of this study was to provide insight into this paradox by investigating the relationship between a specific way of parenting, intensive parenting, and maternal mental health. An online survey was completed by 181 mothers with… 

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