Making space for a new role - gender differences in identity changes in couples transitioning to parenthood

Maria Kaźmierczak , Karol Karasiewicz


Changes in life roles reflect the process of reorganization of identity, which is an important component of adaptation during transition to parenthood. During this family transition gender differences are significant. Despite the fact that in Western societies women and men are encouraged to share family and work responsibilities, female self-concept is more strongly associated with motherhood, whereas men still highly value the role of a breadwinner. Therefore, relative perceived and desired salience, and directly assessed importance of main life roles (a spouse, a worker and a parent) before and after the birth of the child were examined. One hundred and eighty-seven couples participated in the study. The perceived (relative and directly assessed), and relative desired salience of a parental role increased after the child’s birth in both genders. Women valued the parent role higher than men who deemed the worker role more salient to their identity after the child’s birth. Spouse identity seemed to be created in the couple itself as both partners assessed it similarly. Inclusion of couples and repeated measurement of all variables allowed for the analysis of complex changes in self-perceptions in transitions to motherhood and fatherhood.
Author Maria Kaźmierczak (FSS/IPsych/DPPFP)
Maria Kaźmierczak,,
- Division of Personality Psychology and Forensic Psychology
, Karol Karasiewicz
Karol Karasiewicz,,
Journal seriesJournal of Gender Studies, ISSN 0958-9236, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Keywords in Englishtransition to parenthood, gender differences, life roles, identity changes, couples
ASJC Classification3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous); 1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous); 3318 Gender Studies
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)70
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 70.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 2.000; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.705; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 0.918 (2) - 2017=1.193 (5)
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