Motherhood and mental well-being in Germany: Linking a longitudinal life course design and the gender perspective on motherhood

Giesselmann M, Hagen M, Schunck R (2018)
ADVANCES IN LIFE COURSE RESEARCH 37: 31-41.

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Abstract / Bemerkung
Based on considerations of societal mothering ideologies, qualitative gender studies suggest detrimental effects of motherhood on women's mental well-being. However, numerous quantitative life course analyses find no such effect. This dissonance may originate in the measurement of well-being usually employed in longitudinal quantitative designs, which does not capture the dimensions of well-being identified as relevant in gender studies (i.e., stress, anxiety, depression, and social detraction). Using an indicator of well-being based on the Short Form 12 health questionnaire (SF-12), whose items correspond closely to these dimensions, this study integrates the gender perspective on maternal well-being in a longitudinal life course design. Using data on 1855 mothers and a control group of 6283 childless women from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), longitudinal analyses reveal a significant and steady decrease in average maternal mental well-being after first childbirth. When contrasted with the development in a matched control group of childless women, a smaller, but still statistically significant decline is predicted. Thus, our results are consistent with arguments of a detrimental effect of motherhood.
Stichworte
Life course; Life events; Mental health; Motherhood; Subjective; well-being; Socio-economic panel study (SOEP)
Erscheinungsjahr
2018
Zeitschriftentitel
ADVANCES IN LIFE COURSE RESEARCH
Band
37
Seite(n)
31-41
ISSN
1040-2608
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2932005

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Giesselmann M, Hagen M, Schunck R. Motherhood and mental well-being in Germany: Linking a longitudinal life course design and the gender perspective on motherhood. ADVANCES IN LIFE COURSE RESEARCH. 2018;37:31-41.
Giesselmann, M., Hagen, M., & Schunck, R. (2018). Motherhood and mental well-being in Germany: Linking a longitudinal life course design and the gender perspective on motherhood. ADVANCES IN LIFE COURSE RESEARCH, 37, 31-41. doi:10.1016/j.alcr.2018.06.002
Giesselmann, M., Hagen, M., and Schunck, R. (2018). Motherhood and mental well-being in Germany: Linking a longitudinal life course design and the gender perspective on motherhood. ADVANCES IN LIFE COURSE RESEARCH 37, 31-41.
Giesselmann, M., Hagen, M., & Schunck, R., 2018. Motherhood and mental well-being in Germany: Linking a longitudinal life course design and the gender perspective on motherhood. ADVANCES IN LIFE COURSE RESEARCH, 37, p 31-41.
M. Giesselmann, M. Hagen, and R. Schunck, “Motherhood and mental well-being in Germany: Linking a longitudinal life course design and the gender perspective on motherhood”, ADVANCES IN LIFE COURSE RESEARCH, vol. 37, 2018, pp. 31-41.
Giesselmann, M., Hagen, M., Schunck, R.: Motherhood and mental well-being in Germany: Linking a longitudinal life course design and the gender perspective on motherhood. ADVANCES IN LIFE COURSE RESEARCH. 37, 31-41 (2018).
Giesselmann, Marco, Hagen, Marina, and Schunck, Reinhard. “Motherhood and mental well-being in Germany: Linking a longitudinal life course design and the gender perspective on motherhood”. ADVANCES IN LIFE COURSE RESEARCH 37 (2018): 31-41.