The parenthood and happiness link: Testing predictions from five theories

Mikucka, Malgorzata ; Rizzi, Ester

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2020
The title of a journal, publication series: European Journal of Population = Revue Européenne de Démographie
Volume: 36
Issue number: 2
Page range: 337-361
Place of publication: Dordrecht [u.a.]
Publishing house: Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
ISSN: 0168-6577 , 1572-9885
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: This research studied the relationship between parenthood and life satisfaction in Switzerland. We tested predictions derived from set-point theory, the economic model of parenthood, the approaches that underscore work–family conflict and the psychological rewards from parenthood, and the ‘taste for children’ theory. We used Swiss Household Panel data (2000–2018) to analyse how life satisfaction changed during parenthood (fixed-effects regression) separately for a first child and a second child, mothers and fathers, and various socio-demographic groups. Our results showed that having a second child, which is common in Switzerland, correlates negatively with mothers’ life satisfaction. The observed patterns are consistent with the idea that mothers’ life satisfaction trajectories reflect work–family conflict. We found partial support for the set-point and the ‘taste for children’ theories. Our results did not support the approaches that emphasize the importance of psychological rewards from parenthood.

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