Having a second child worsen's parents mental health
Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Full article issued by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families Over the Life Course (Life Course Centre).

New research conducted by ARC-supported researchers using data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, has shown that second children increase time pressure and deteriorate parents’ mental health.

The researchers considered two main questions that many parents ask themselves when making the decision to have a second child: Do things get better as children grow older, sleep more and gradually become a bit more independent and robust? Or does a second child add to what may already be a highly stressed and time-poor household?

The research has been published by a team which includes two ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award recipients, Dr Francisco Perales and Associate Professor Leah Ruppanner, along with Professor Janeen Baxter, Director of the ARC Life Course Centre, where all three researchers are based.



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