Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Transition to Parenthood” as Want to Read:
The Transition to Parenthood
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Transition to Parenthood

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Featured on Oprah and excerpted in Glamour magazine, this exploration of the positive and negative effects the birth of a child has on a marriage is based on the largest, most comprehensive study of couples entering parenthood ever conducted.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 4th 1995 by Dell
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Transition to Parenthood, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Transition to Parenthood

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.84  · 
Rating details
 ·  32 ratings  ·  11 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Rebecca
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I came across this book when I was looking for a book about the emotional journey to motherhood, something similar to Fathering Right from the Start: Straight Talk About Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond, but for women. This book is based on a landmark study conducted by a psychology professor at Penn State who followed 250 couples from pregnancy through year 3 of their first child’s life. While the study was conducted in the 1980s, there are many aspects of Belsky’s findings which are still applicab ...more
Acc13
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Good framework for discussing new child's effect on a marriage; but the science behind it is missing. This omission is the book's greatest weakness - I expect more explanation and detail on his data and how he derived his conclusions. I cannot simply take his interpretations at face value.

He admits at the beginning that the couples in the "case-studies" are amalgamations of several study families, conflated to illustrated this or that point. Many of the if-then conclusions describing the effect
...more
Kimberley
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading "The Transition to Parenthood." I find it interesting because the question put forth was, does the quality of a couple's marriage affect the child's upbringing? And the researchers answered with a resounding, "Yes!" So, to me, an understanding of how to stay in good relationship with a spouse is important to early childhood development and to educators (like me). Some of the amazing outcomes of this research were: 1) Couples who argue effectively are better off because fo ...more
Largercircle
Apr 29, 2016 added it
Shelves: advanced
This was a fascinating read in many ways. I think as a married person with children I could hardly help but reflect on my own marriage and parenting in reading it (fortunately, my husband concurs with me that our marriage has improved since we had children, rather than declined.)

One question that occurred to me right away was to wonder about the diversity (or lack thereof) of the population Dr. Belsky's study was based on. Although he talks about differences in parents' ages, religious views, an
...more
Laura
Dec 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction-read
I picked up this book out of curiosity. It's a little old, so some of the data may be different if the study was done today, but overall, the themes seemed relevant. The book discusses how new parents react to the first three years after having a baby within the context of marriage. The research was aimed to predict the improvement or decline in a couple's relationship based on six components:Self, Gender Ideology, Emotionality, Conflict Management, Communication, and Expectations. To simplify, ...more
Scott Martin
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A relevant book given that I am about to enter into that transition. The key is that it provides insight into the changes in a marriage that a baby brings. It is far from the idealistic world that all will be great. There are more challenges and tasks. The couples in the story all cope with varying degrees of success. A key is that even as a couple assumes the role of parents, they must all remember that communication in the marriage is important and not to lose sight of that during the transiti ...more
Krista
Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents to be
Shelves: borrowed, family
Though a bit dry and difficult to follow at times, especially if you are reading this AFTER the baby has arrived and are only getting small chunks of time, I found this book to be amazingly informative and insightful. I saw myself in many different aspects and it made me step back and think about things in a different way more than once. I'd love to be able to reread this book when I have more time to devote to it since I know I would be able to follow the subjects more easily.
Jen
Oct 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
This book was really helpful. It gives lots of helpful concepts/paradigms to describe the transition to parenthood, although I would say that it would be more accurately titled, "The Transition in your Marriage as you make the transition to parenthood"! Read it when you are expecting.
Cheryl
Sep 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: new or expecting parents
Attempts to define a few "typical" kinds of marriages prior to children, and the way children's arrival into a family affects those arrangements. A helpful start for me when our baby was young.
Renee
Apr 27, 2010 rated it liked it
I read most of this book for a child development class in grad school....thought it was time to review!!
Laura
Feb 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
I found this book very interesting. I found myself looking back to our own transition. Technically, my husband are still in that transition since our first is still under 3. So I found it intriguing.
Jesse Semanchik
rated it really liked it
Mar 02, 2013
Eddy Ekmekji
rated it really liked it
Feb 10, 2008
Jon
rated it it was amazing
Oct 19, 2007
Aprils
rated it liked it
Jun 15, 2015
Susan
rated it really liked it
Oct 19, 2007
Lisa
rated it it was ok
Feb 09, 2013
Lex
rated it it was amazing
Apr 28, 2019
Mubongo
rated it really liked it
Mar 26, 2013
Lisa Xuan
rated it really liked it
Apr 27, 2008
Katherine
rated it it was amazing
Feb 14, 2011
Chloe
rated it really liked it
May 27, 2008
Rachel Korsten
rated it liked it
Nov 01, 2016
Rheena
rated it liked it
Jan 17, 2016
Estelle
rated it really liked it
Mar 24, 2011
Leila Francisco
rated it really liked it
Sep 27, 2015
Lori Mangan
rated it liked it
Aug 23, 2014
Benson Lee
rated it liked it
Jul 16, 2014
Anne
rated it liked it
Feb 17, 2008
Erica
rated it it was amazing
Oct 22, 2011
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »