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Title: Parental Stress and Child Rearing Decisions
Contributor(s): Gray, Colene (author); Sims, Margaret  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2007
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Abstract: In our modern society parenting is a difficult and undervalued task. Today parents raise children in isolation with very little support yet face immense criticism when they experience problems. Families who do not fit the western image of the 'ideal family' face even more stress (as they are pressured to conform) yet often find that available services do not easily meet their needs. This paper uses conversational interviews to develop a shared understanding of the experiences of these parents. The factors identified in this research were: the interaction between the desire to parent differently than their own parents, their stress levels, the satisfaction they experienced from the parenting role and their ability to develop a range of coping strategies. Coping strategies focused around the role of religion, culture and routines in providing frameworks for shaping their new lives, and the availability of practical and emotional support in giving parents the resources to manage.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education, v.10, p. 105-118
Publisher: Childforum Research Network
Place of Publication: Porirua, New Zealand
ISSN: 1174-6122
Field of Research (FOR): 160301 Family and Household Studies
111714 Mental Health
160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 940104 Carers Development and Welfare
920410 Mental Health
940112 Families and Family Services
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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