A prominent characteristic of contemporary parenting culture – Intensive parenting – is the child’s shift to center stage and the lengthening of the list of needs attributed to the child. These needs compel an appropriate parental response, as the core assumption of Intensive parenting attributes parental determinism to parenting practices regarding children’s outcomes.
Accordingly, most sociological research corresponds to the dominant parenting culture and focuses on the associations between parenting practices and children’s outcomes, viewing parents as objects or “needs fulfillers.” My study followed a different research line that focuses on parental well-being, thus regards parents as subjects with desires, aspirations, and feelings along with their parental role. It was the first quantitative inquiry of parental attitudes and dilemmas and parental well-being conducted among a representative sample of Israeli parents.
At present, my main research interest is to extend my previous findings to include Neoliberalism on a macro-level (e.g., social, school, and family-friendly policies) and a micro-level (attitudes concerning individual responsibility in numerous life domains). This new data, combined with attitudinal and demographic data, will enable me to elaborate on the associations between parental attitudes and parental well-being in a culture of intensive parenting.
Parental well-being has implications for parents themselves, their children, their families, and society at large. According to the literature, intensive parenting attitudes and practices play a significant role in parental well-being. Although intensive parenting first evolved in the US, nowadays, it is a global phenomenon. Nevertheless, it has different manifestations depending on national, social, and cultural contexts. I believe that different aspects of my local research can benefit policymakers and parents alike in many contexts.
In the near future, I hope to conduct a comparative study to illuminate the similarities and differences between countries regarding the issues mentioned above.
I have a PhD in Sociology from Tel-Aviv University. As a Post-doctoral fellow, I was a research director of an ERC research project on Judicial Conflict Resolution. I am currently part of a research team that seeks to study the psychological and social implications of sex segregation on women and men.