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The identity function of parenthood: A systemic and developmental approach

Authors: Franco-Borges, G; Vaz-Rebelo, P; Kourkoutas, E

Ref.: Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences Conference: World Conference on Psychology, Counselling and Guidance (WCPCG 2010) 5, 1721-1725 (2010)

Abstract: The main goal of this study is to explore the processes underlying the motivation for parenthood, considering simultaneously the parenthood project (desire for becoming a parent in the near future) and the instrumentality attributed to children for significant personal goals attainment. We used a sample of 391 childless college students and confirmed the relationship between the generativity, the parenthood project, and the core personal goals sustaining personal identity. The implications for the counseling emerge from a better understanding of the parenthood function on identity construction, pointing out the relevancy of considering the life dimensions interdependence.

DOI: DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.07.354