Results for - Parenting : Worse than We Thought

1,717 voters participated in this survey

1. Recently a German study was published in the journal Demography, in which it was discovered that the first year of being a parent has a more devastating effect on a person than divorce, unemployment, or the death of a spouse. Have you heard about this?

Yes
6%
104 votes
No
81%
1,397 votes
Undecided
4%
62 votes
Not Applicable
9%
154 votes

2. The researchers followed childless couples until they became pregnant and then two years after the birth of their first baby. They found that the impact on their happiness was quite severe - 70% of those studied reported a drop in happiness in the first year or two after having a baby. Do these findings surprise you?

Yes
29%
494 votes
No
45%
771 votes
Undecided
13%
222 votes
Not Applicable
13%
230 votes

3. Why do you think these people experienced such a drop in happiness?

They had unrealistically high expectations going in.
20%
339 votes
They were negative people to begin with.
5%
78 votes
Being a parent really does suck.
8%
133 votes
A combination of things.
33%
566 votes
C'mon, they're German. Those people are notoriously negative.
2%
41 votes
I really don't know.
20%
337 votes
n/a
13%
223 votes

4. When you first became a parent, did you find it better or worse than expected?

It was better than I expected it to be.
18%
301 votes
It was worse than I expected it to be.
11%
183 votes
It was just as I expected it to be.
14%
239 votes
I didn't have any expectations.
8%
145 votes
I never really thought about it.
10%
164 votes
n/a
39%
670 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
15 votes
08/25/2015 Living 1717 47 By: MamaV1776

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