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“A Blessing and a Curse”

Autor(en)
Ulrike Zartler, Eva-Maria Schmidt, Cornelia Schadler, Irene Rieder, Rudolf Richter
Abstrakt

This contribution provides an investigation of first-time parents’ experiences and strategies in dealing with ambivalence—i.e., the simultaneous presence of contradictory emotions—regarding grandparental involvement during the transition to parenthood. The study is based on qualitative longitudinal case studies comprising in-depth individual interviews with 11 Austrian couples of first-time mothers and fathers prebirth, and six months and two years after childbirth (n = 66 interviews). Parents reported ambivalent feelings toward grandparental involvement during all stages of the transition process. We identified three parental strategies for dealing with ambivalence: inclusion, delimitation, and exclusion. Intracouple dynamics are shown to be the key aspect in the variation of these strategies over time. These dynamics are captured in three longitudinal patterns: parallel, divergent, and convergent paths. Overall, the study points to the complexity and fluidity of intergenerational relationships and demonstrates the challenges of negotiating ambivalence within couples and families during the transition to first-time parenthood.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Soziologie
Journal
Journal of Family Issues
Band
42
Seiten
958-983
Anzahl der Seiten
26
ISSN
0192-513X
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X20950786
Publikationsdatum
09-2020
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
504011 Familienforschung
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/a-blessing-and-a-curse(ac14ca67-a0cc-49d6-976a-b841fe99f5a1).html