This article reviews recent research (1999–2009) on the effects of parenthood on well‐being. 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 for parenthood and well‐being. These include stepparenting, parenting of grandchildren, and childlessness across the life course.
Journal of Marriage and Family – Wiley
Published: Jun 1, 2010
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