What is the New Parents Project?

A longitudinal study that seeks to identify factors that affect new parents' adjustment to parenthood. We focus on:

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The transition to parenthood is one of life's most trying and rewarding experiences. Balancing a job and a family, and remaining positive throughout the transition is dependent upon the teamwork between couples.

The New Parents Project examines the relationship between parents, and the relationship between parents and their children.


Why focus on dual-earner families?

Both the mother and father participants in the New Parents Project must be working. Here are some key reasons why this is the case:

In the New Parents Project, we want to assess the parenting styles of both mothers and fathers.  By having both parents working, their roles in the family may be more equal, allowing the comparson of mothers' and fathers' involvement to be more feasible.

Why first time parents?

Participants in the study must be first-time parents because we are looking specifically at the transition to parenthood. If either of the participants has had kids in a previous relationship, that may affect the data. 

Why recruit cohabiters in addition to married couples?

Very little work has been done on cohabiting couples, and yet the U.S. Bureau of the Census (2001) estimates that there are nearly 5.5 million cohabiting couples in the U.S. today, representing a more than 1000% increase since 1970. 

Differences in parenting roles and styles exist between cohabiting and married couples. For example, some research suggests that cohabitating couples may have different beliefs about parental roles than married couples.

There exists very little observational data comparing cohabiting and married couples, so NPP has included these couples in the study.

How do couples benefit from participating in this study?

Along with newsletters describing general study findings, participants receive:

Dr. Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan and Dr. Claire Kamp-Dush have joined forces in creating this large research study. To learn more about these professors and the work they have done, please visit http://ehe.osu.edu/hdfs/ckl/npp/

The New Parents Project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Initiative in Population Research (IPR).