Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Children no longer making parents miserable: study

Globe and Mail
Prof. Herbst, who teaches at Arizona State University, led a study of two surveys of 120,000 American adults conducted between 1972 and 2008. The surveys found that while parents were more despondent than non-parents between 1985 and 1995, those sentiments flipped between 1995 and 2008. The other study looked at longitudinal data from 52,000 British and German parents, following them for five years before the birth of their child and then for four years after the birth. This data suggested that while happiness levels occasionally dropped after childbirth, typically they did not plunge below the point they were at before baby came along.
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