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Subjective Well-Being and Parenthood in Chile

Department of Psychology, Universidad de Concepción, Concepcion 4070386, Chile
Departament of Social Psychology and Methodology, Universidad del País Vasco, 20018 Leioa, Spain
Faculty of Education and Social Sciences, Universidad Andrés Bello, Santiago de Chile 7591538, Chile
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Universidad de Concepción, Concepcion 4030000, Chile
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Academic Editor: Man-Kit Lei
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(14), 7408;
Received: 16 April 2021 / Revised: 4 July 2021 / Accepted: 9 July 2021 / Published: 11 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social, Group, and Identity Determinants of Well-Being and Health)
Being a parent plays an important role in people’s life trajectory and identity. Though the general cultural perception is that having children is a source of subjective well-being, there is evidence that, at least in some societies, the subjective well-being of those who are parents is worse, in some aspects, than that of those who are not. This gap has been the object of interest and controversy. The aim of this study was to compare Chilean adults with and without children in a broad set of well-being indicators, controlling for other sociodemographic variables. A public national probabilistic database was used. The results show that, in terms of positive and negative affect, those who are not parents achieve greater well-being than those who have children. Other results also pointed in that direction. The implications of the social context and gender, which are aspects that pose a burden for the exercise of parenthood in Chile, are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: parenting; motherhood; fatherhood; children; happiness parenting; motherhood; fatherhood; children; happiness
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Novoa, C.; Bustos, C.; Bühring, V.; Oliva, K.; Páez, D.; Vergara-Barra, P.; Cova, F. Subjective Well-Being and Parenthood in Chile. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 7408.

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Novoa C, Bustos C, Bühring V, Oliva K, Páez D, Vergara-Barra P, Cova F. Subjective Well-Being and Parenthood in Chile. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(14):7408.

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Novoa, Consuelo, Claudio Bustos, Vasily Bühring, Karen Oliva, Darío Páez, Pablo Vergara-Barra, and Félix Cova. 2021. "Subjective Well-Being and Parenthood in Chile" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 14: 7408.

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