Center for Family and Demographic Research
Parenthood and Well-Being
Parenthood and Well-Being
This project examines the influences of parenting on health and well-being with the major focus on how experiences of stress and reward of parenting vary depending on social and life contexts.
- How does becoming a parent and having children influence adults’ well-being?
- What are sources and consequences of stress and rewards of parenting?
- Are today’s parents more stressed than parents in several decades ago?
- How does stress and rewards of parenting influence parents’ overall subjective and psychological well-being?
In each question, my collaborators and I investigate how patterns may differ by social and life contexts, including variations by gender, socioeconomic status (SES), race/ethnicity, nativity, partnership, and employment characteristic.
We examine various indicators of well-being and quality of life, including parenting stress and reward, self-concepts (e.g., self-esteem, self-efficacy), subjective well-being (e.g., happiness, life satisfaction, and family satisfaction), psychological distress, and work-family conflict/balance.
Nomaguchi, Kei M. 2012. “Parenthood and Psychological Well-being: Clarifying the Role of Child Age and Parent-Child Relationship Quality.” Social Science Research 41: 489 – 498. doi: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2011.08.001
Nomaguchi, Kei M. 2012. “Marital Status, Gender, and Home-to-Job Conflict among Employed Parents.” Journal of Family Issues 33: 271 – 294. doi: 10.1177/0192513X11415613
Nomaguchi, Kei M., and Susan L. Brown. 2011. “Parental Strains and Rewards among Mothers: The Role of Education.” Journal of Marriage and Family 73: 621 – 636. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2011.00835.x
Milkie, Melissa A., Sarah Kendig, Kei M. Nomaguchi, and Kathleen Denny. 2010. “Time with Children, Children’s Well-Being and Work-Family Balance among Employed Parents.” Journal of Marriage and Family 72: 1329 – 1343. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00768.x
Nomaguchi, Kei M. 2009. “Change in Work-Family Conflict Among Employed Parents Between 1977 and 1997.” Journal of Marriage and Family 71: 15 - 32. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2008.00577.x
Nomaguchi, Kei M., Melissa A. Milkie, and Suzanne M. Bianchi. 2005. “Time Strains and Psychological Well-Being: Do Dual-Earner Mothers and Fathers Differ?” Journal of Family Issues 26: 756 - 792. doi: 10.1177/0192513X05277524
Nomaguchi, Kei M., and Suzanne M. Bianchi. 2004. “Exercise Time: Gender Differences in the Effects of Marriage, Parenthood, and Employment.” Journal of Marriage and Family 66: 413 - 430. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2004.00029.x
Nomaguchi, Kei M., and Melissa A. Milkie. 2003. “Costs and Rewards of Children: The Effects of Becoming a Parent on Adults’ Lives.” Journal of Marriage and Family 65: 356 - 374. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2003.00356.x
CFDR WORKING PAPERS:
2012-11 Kei M. Nomaguchi and Amanda N. House. “Racial and Ethnic Differences in Mothers’ Parenting Stress: The Role of Structural Conditions and Parenting Styles.”
2012-08 Kei M. Nomaguchi, Susan L. Brown, and Tanya M. Leyman. "Father Involvement and Mothers’ Parenting Stress: The Role of Relationship Status."