Originally published in 1988, this book brings together the research of leading scholars from a wide range of disciplines concerned with the study of the transition to parenthood. The text discusses the reasons why some new parents experience an enhanced sense of self and a deepening of important relationships, whereas others experience crisis and conflict as they try to adapt to the birth of their first baby. Specific chapters analyse individuals' motivation to become parents, changes in marital relations, consequences of prevention programmes, and social support for prospective and new parents. Adaptation to the transition to parenthood is discussed under both normative circumstances and conditions of medical and social risk.
List of contributors; Editorial preface; Introduction. Perspectives on the transition to parenthood Wendy A. Goldberg; Part I. The Transition to Parenthood as a Challenge for Adaptation by Individuals, Couples, and Families: 1. Motivational factors in the decision and timing of pregnancy Gerald Y. Michaels; 2. The power of parenthood: personality and attitudinal changes during the transition to parenthood Toni C. Antonucci and Karen Mikus; 3. Psychological issues in adjustment to first parenthood Nicolina M. Fedele, Ellen R. Golding, Frances K. Grossman and William S. Pollack; 4. Changes in marriage during the transition to parenthood: must we blame the baby? Philip A. Cowan and Carolyn Pape Cowan; Part II. The Transition to Parenthood under Conditions of Risk: 5. Medical perspectives on pregnancy and birth: biological risks and technological advances Linda Hughey Holt; 6. Effects of infant risk status on the transition to parenthood M. Ann Easterbrooks; 7. The transition to parenthood: special tasks and risk factors for adolescent parents Joy D. Osofsky, Howard J. Osofsky and Martha Ourieff Diamond; Part III. Intervention Strategies for Individuals, Couples, and Families: 8. Social networks and the transition to parenthood Benjamin H. Gottlieb and S. Mark Pancer; 9. Intervention programs for the transition to parenthood S. Wayne Duncan and Howard J. Markman; 10. Family support programs for new parents Sharon L. Kagan and Victoria Seitz; Conclusion. The transition to parenthood: synthesis and future directions Wendy A. Goldberg and Gerald Y. Michaels; Index of names; Index of subjects.
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social and Emotional Development
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 1st January 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.58