Parenthood, Childlessness, and Well-Being: A Life Course Perspective.

  title={Parenthood, Childlessness, and Well-Being: A Life Course Perspective.},
  author={Debra Umberson and Tetyana Pudrovska and Corinne Reczek},
  journal={Journal of marriage and the family},
  volume={72 3},
This article reviews recent research (1999 - 2009) on the effects of parenthood on wellbeing. We use a life course framework to consider how parenting and childlessness influence well-being throughout the adult life course. We place particular emphasis on social contexts and how the impact of parenthood on well-being depends on marital status, gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. We also consider how recent demographic shifts lead to new family arrangements that have implications… CONTINUE READING
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