HDFS 2300 - Parenthood - Ch. #3

Feb 3rd, 2012
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HDFS 2300 - Parenthood - Ch. #3

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Transition to ParenthoodParenting Occurs within Social and Cultural ContextsEmphasis on parentingWhen are you going to start a family?Two Implications: 1. To be considered a family you must have children.2. It is normative to have children.Choosing to have children is not an easy decision.Emerging three options:1. Remain childless2. Postpone parenthood3. One-child familiesMotivations for ParentingAltruistic - selfless, concern for the motivation of others.Narcissistic - selfish, psychological condition, preoccupation with self, unconscious.Fatalistic - destined, events are predetermined, purpose of childbirth.Instrumental - children used as means to an end - family lineage, business, legacy.4 Influential Factors for Transition into Parenthood1. Desire to be a parent2. Anticipate socialization or training3. Clarity of role demands4. Support available while makin

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