Navigation Links
Parents are happier than non-parents, new research suggests
Date:5/17/2012

New research by psychologists at three North American universities, including the University of British Columbia, finds that parents experience greater levels of happiness and meaning from life than non-parents.

The findings, which contrast sharply with recent scholarship and popular beliefs, suggest that parents are happier caring for children than they are during other daily activities. The research also suggests that the benefits of parenthood appear more consistently in men and older and married parents.

To be published in the journal Psychological Science, the findings are among a new wave of research that suggests that parenthood comes with relatively more positives than negatives, despite the added responsibilities. The research also dovetails with emerging evolutionary perspectives that suggest parenting may be a fundamental human need.

"This series of studies suggest that parents are not nearly the 'miserable creatures' we might expect from recent studies and popular representations," says UBC Psychology Prof. Elizabeth Dunn, who co-authored the study with colleagues at the University of California, Riverside and Stanford University. "If you went to a large dinner party, our findings suggest that the parents in the room would be as happy or happier than those guests without children."

Over three studies, the researchers tested whether parents are happier overall than their childless peers, if parents feel better moment-to-moment than non-parents, and whether parents experience more positive feelings when taking care of children than during their other daily activities. The consistency of their findings, based on data and participants in both the U.S. and Canada, provides strong evidence challenging the notion that children are associated with reduced well-being, the researchers say.

The study identifies age and marital status as factors in parental happiness. "We find that if you are older (and presumably more mature) and if you are married (and presumably have more social and financial support), then you're likely to be happier if you have children than your childless peers," says co-author Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at UC Riverside. "This is not true, however, for single parents or very young parents."

Fathers in particular expressed greater levels of happiness, positive emotion and meaning in life than their childless peers. "Interestingly, the greater levels of parental happiness emerged more consistently in fathers than mothers," says Dunn. "While more research is needed on this topic, it suggests that the pleasures of parenthood may be offset by the surge in responsibility and housework that arrives with motherhood," she says.

The researchers also found that the stresses associated with single parenthood did not wipe out the greater feelings of meaning and reward associated with having children.

"We are not saying that parenting makes people happy, but that parenthood is associated with happiness and meaning," Lyubomirsky says. "Contrary to repeated scholarly and media pronouncements, people may find solace that parenthood and child care may actually be linked to feelings of happiness and meaning in life."


'/>"/>

Contact: Basil Waugh
basil.waugh@ubc.ca
604-822-2048
University of British Columbia
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Pediatric epilepsy impacts sleep for the child and parents
2. Many Parents of Kids With Autism Dont Put Faith in Pediatricians
3. Study: Kids Who Sleep in Parents Bed Less Likely to Be Overweight
4. Friends Parents Can Sway Teens Odds for Drinking, Smoking
5. Parents poor math skills may lead to medication errors
6. A physicians guide for anti-vaccine parents
7. Nearly 1 in 4 grandparents store prescription medicines where children can easily find them
8. Gay Adults Rejected by Parents Have Worse Health, Study Finds
9. Parents of Kids With Cancer No More Likely to Break Up
10. Parents of children with cancer distrust and fear online sources of health information, study shows
11. Stressed Parents May Affect Preemie Behavior Later
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... Delta Dental of California and its affiliated companies ... Gary D. Radine, who recently retired as president and CEO of Delta Dental of ... CEO of the Year , helped lead the effort to raise funds for studies ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... Eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder ... and men with eating disorders report a history of trauma, research suggests that ... an eating disorder. , At the 2016 iaedp Symposium, the workshop, “What ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... GrassrootsHealth published data from its D*action ... diabetes in the GrassrootsHealth cohort with substantially higher vitamin D levels than a ... health,” states Carole Baggerly, Director of GrassrootsHealth, “the safety and benefits of ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) , ... February 08, 2016 ... ... at RowdMap, Inc., will be speaking on how healthcare companies can use newly ... costs, manage the health of a population and intervene and capture the value ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 2016 , ... According to research by the National Association ... to be certified or obtain continuing education. To increase patient awareness of the ... Mouth?” campaign to inform dentists and patients about the possible lack of skills ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)... /PRNewswire/--  Cell Applications, Inc. and Cyfuse Biomedical ... now available in North America ... approach called the "Kenzan Method." Utilizing Cyfuse Biomedical,s ... robotic system that fabricates 3D tissue from cells, ... model that makes scaffold-free tissue available immediately to ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... Velano Vascular, a medical technology company transforming ... their practitioners, announced today that the company has raised ... the proceeds from this financing, an extension of a ... to support the development and commercialization of the company,s ... Philadelphia , and a number ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... 2016  Unilife Corporation ("Unilife" or "Company") (NASDAQ: UNIS ... delivery systems, today announced that it will release its financial ... 2015 after market close on February 9, 2016.  At this ... discuss these financial results.    About Unilife Corporation ... About Unilife Corporation UNIS ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: