Becoming Parents: Exploring the Bonds between Mothers, Fathers, and their Infants

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Overview

What happens to couples when they become parents? Becoming Parents presents a landmark study of the transition to parenthood and its effects on individual well-being and couple relationships. Researchers in the study tracked 100 couples who were first-time parents and a comparison sample of couples who were not. The couples gave interviews, recorded domestic tasks and completed questionaires--at the second trimester of pregnancy, as well as 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months after the baby was born. The research, based on adult attachment theory, gives us a comprehensive and contemporary picture of what it is like to be a parent today. Encompassing the perspectives of both women and men, Becoming Parents addresses such issues as the changing nature of couples' relationships, the division of domestic labor, changes in new parents' attachment networks and postnatal depression. Judith A. Feeney is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Queensland. Lydia Hohaus is Lecturer in Lifespan Development at Griffith University. Richard P. Alexander is a Ph.D. research candidate at the University of Queensland. All of them live in Brisbane, Australia.
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"Becoming Parents offers prospective parents, students, practitioners, and yes, even researchers, a new perspective on the transition to parenthood. The volume is well written, the questions put forth by the authors are important, and the findings of the study are interesting. Feeney and her colleagues have written a book that is both innovative and theoretically grounded. Anyone interested in the transition to parenthood would do well to read it." Contemporary Psychology

"An excellent book for readers at all levels." CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521775915
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The transition to parenthood; 2. Attachment in childhood and beyond; 3. The study; 4. The couples; 5. Pregnancy and plans for birth; 6. Couples' experiences of birth and new parenthood; 7. How does new parenthood affect couples?; 8. Dealing with depression; 9. Men, women, and household work; The diaries; 10. Couples' changing attachment relationships; 11. Six months into parenting; 12. New parenthood in perspective.
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