The pains and pleasures of parenting: when, why, and how is parenthood associated with more or less well-being?

@article{Nelson2014ThePA,
  title={The pains and pleasures of parenting: when, why, and how is parenthood associated with more or less well-being?},
  author={S. Katherine Nelson and Kostadin Kushlev and Sonja Lyubomirsky},
  journal={Psychological bulletin},
  year={2014},
  volume={140 3},
  pages={846-895}
}
The relationship between parenthood and well-being has become a hot topic among scholars, media, and general public alike. The research, however, has been mixed-some studies indicate that parents are happier than nonparents, whereas others suggest the reverse. We suggest that the question of whether parents are more or less happy than their childless peers is not the most meaningful one. To reconcile the conflicting literature and expand understanding of the emotional experience of parenthood… CONTINUE READING
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