Mental Health May Deteriorate With Second Child According to Study

A new study from Australia shows that having a second child worsens parents’ mental health. Do you think this is true?

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Child rearing is a delicate, personal and rewarding venture. But when it comes to raising more than one kid, it may not always make you happier, according to a new study.

The study found that having a second child worsens parents’ mental health. Scouring through 16 years of Household, Income and Labor Dynamics data in the Australia Survey, the University of Melbourne researchers found interesting outcomes, according to New York Post. They found that both parents showed enhancements in mental health after having child number one. But with a second child, the parents’ time pressure doubled and added extra stress to their lives. Consequently, it affected their mental health negatively.

Bianca Rodriguez, a marriage and family therapist, confirmed the findings, saying, “It’s been said that having one child is what you’d expect but having two is like having 10.” Rodriguez told the New York Post that “this is because the amount of attention required for two children is not doubled, it’s exponentially greater because now you have the added dynamic between the children to manage.”

The Australian-based study also concluded that child number two has a greater impact on a mother’s mental health rather than a father’s.

“Fathers get a mental health boost with their first child, but they also see their mental health decline with the second child,” the researchers reported in a column for The Conversation. “But, unlike mothers, fathers’ mental health plateaus over time. Clearly, fathers aren’t facing the same chronic time pressure as mothers over the long term.”

Per the New York Post, researchers say that mothers experience higher stress levels because traditionally they are faced with more of the child care responsibilities at home. Furthermore, the study advises “collectivizing childcare” and investing in school buses, lunch programs and more flexible work policies so fathers can have a bigger role.

A new Australian-based study concluded that having a second child worsens parents’ mental health. Do you believe this? Read more about this story on the New York Post here.


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A new study from Australia shows that having a second child worsens parents’ mental health. Do you think this is true?

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35% Totally is
64% No, makes it better
Males
41% Totally is
59% No, makes it better
Females
23% Totally is
77% No, makes it better

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