Study Questions Parent Relations

Chapter 6

1)   What do you learn about “open adoption” and about children born via sperm donor in Box 6-1? Birth parents/parents have shared knowledge and continued contact. Child knows everything, birth parents become real figures in child’s life.
2)   What are the four decision-making patterns identified by the Cowans concerning the transition to parenthood?   How did these patterns relate to marital satisfaction following the birth of a baby in their study? Planners, Acceptance of fate, Ambivalent, Yes-no.
3)   In the study cited at the bottom of p. 214, what percent of births was unintended? 1/3.   What are some differences between mothers and children when births are unintended, vs. planned? Less happy, prone to depression, less time spent with them, spankings, less supportive.
4)   What were the differences between children who were wanted and unwanted that emerged in a long-term study in Czechoslaviakia?   Document differences across the developmental periods studied. Unwanted children had fewer friends, more behavior problems, less enjoyment in life, less happy with jobs, conflict with coworkers.
5)   Note that the first two subsections under “Transition to Parenting” (pp. 215-218) really should be labeled “Parents who Planned”.   In the first subsection titled “Healthy Lifestyles”, the text gives you some details about three major components to a healthy lifestyle.   What are these and what are the primary pieces of advice about each? Exercise, healthy eating habits, and avoidance of dangerous substances.
6)   In the second subsection titled “Experiences in the Transition”, the text provides information about highlights of each “trimester” (3 month segment) of pregnancy.   What are these?   What do you learn about discrepancies in the experience of mothers and fathers during pregnancy? Fear of miscarriage, stress, restless sleep. Recollection of own childhood, thoughts about brothers or sisters, thoughts of own relationships. Thoughts on the birth, women...