Partners Becoming Parents

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Jason Aronson, Incorporated, Feb 1, 1997 - Family & Relationships - 224 pages
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Christopher Clulow examines the connections between partnership and parenthood, focusing on the parents as partners, as well as parents, and on the child. He examines how children change the relationship between their parents, and what relevance the couple's relationship has for healthy child development.

Becoming parents is arguable the most challenging of life changes faced by couples. There are no clear guidelines about what is involved: the routes are many and the choices range broadly. Today, diverse lifestyles, new technologies, and changing socioeconomic circumstances have combined with other factors to further complicate the demands of parenting. Against this backdrop, couples play out dramas constructed from their own histories and continuing lives together. The child is born into this context of subtle interplay between each parent's, and the couple's inner and outer experiences.

This book provides a fascinating and authoritative look at the emotional process of becoming a family.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Marrying for Children?
15
Who Comes First Partner or Child?
32
Why are ThreePerson Relationships Difficult?
44
Infertility and the Couple
55
Reproductive Narratives of Pregnancy and Parenting
66
Daughters becoming Mothers
86
The GoodEnough Father of Whatever Sex
101
Becoming Parents What has to Change for Couples?
119
Being Partners Effects on Parenting and Child Development
140
Parents becoming Partners
159
Love is Lovelier the Second Time Round
169
Are Two Parents Necessary?
183
References
201
Index
210
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Christopher Clulow started his professional career as a probation officer after graduating from university and completing a social work training. He is Director of the Tavistock Marital Studies Institute where he works as a senior marital psychotherapist, teacher and researcher. He is author or editor of eight books and numerous articles on marriage and family life.

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