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

  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},
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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  • Kirsty Budds
  • Psychology, Sociology
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
  • 2021
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