Unwanted childbearing, health, and mother-child relationships.

  title={Unwanted childbearing, health, and mother-child relationships.},
  author={Jennifer Barber and William George Axinn and Arland Thornton},
  journal={Journal of health and social behavior},
  volume={40 3},
This paper investigates the relationships among unwanted childbearing, health, and mother-child relationships. We hypothesize that unwanted childbearing affects mother-child relationships in part because of the physical and mental health consequences of unwanted childbearing. Impaired mental health hampers women's interaction with their infants, and these poor neonatal relationships translate into poor mother-adult child relationships. Using the Intergenerational Panel Study of Mothers and… CONTINUE READING