The transition to parenthood

In the Generations2 project we study the growth toward parenthood and the way in which parents learn to regulate their own and their children’s affective responses within the attachment relationship. By studying a diverse population of families at low and high risk, principles can be uncovered that can be used to further develop the practice of parenting support and infant mental health care. Goals for further developing this topic are (1) to expand attachment theoretical ideas about cognitive and affective aspects of caregiving to include the interplay between expectations and experiences of parenthood (the dynamics of parental self-efficacy and emotion regulation); (2) to develop and validate experimental and nonexperimental measures for parental expectations and experiences of parenthood; (3) to provide epidemiological insight into parenting cognitions and their transactional associations with parent and child mental health.

For parents and professionals: The book "Jong & ouder: Tien portretten van moeders onder de twintig" (Ten portraits of mothers under twenty years of age" was published in the context of the Generations2 project, to provide real-life portraits of the ways in which young parents adapt to the challenges they meet. Portraits are based on in depth interviews and beautiful photographs by Eva Snoijink. The publication may be used in practice to elicit recognition and reflection among young men and women who may be preparing for the transition to parenthood and among family, friends, and professionals who support them.
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