B3953 - The Effects of Parenthood on Feelings of Competence Autonomy and Relatedness - 27/01/2022

B number: 
Principal applicant name: 
Claire Haworth | University of Bristol (UK)
Ms. Beatrice Knights, Ms. Nina Di Cara
Title of project: 
The Effects of Parenthood on Feelings of Competence, Autonomy and Relatedness
Proposal summary: 

Self-determination theory states that humans have three Basic Psychological Needs: competence, autonomy and relatedness. These needs are associated with motivation and self-regulation. When the needs are satisfied humans experience optimum well-being, so psychological need satisfaction is very important. This project will examine how parenthood effects competence, autonomy and relatedness. Becoming a parent is a life changing event and causes many changes to lifestyle and well-being so this project will investigate how the Basic Psychological Needs are affected by parenthood. There is limited previous literature which investigates this. Additionally, it will be explored how the effect is different for mothers and fathers. Several other exploratory questions will be assessed to investigate how the effect of parenthood on the Basic Psychological Needs is linked to other variables such as well-being, education level and relationship status.

Impact of research: 
There is not much previous research on the specific effect becoming a parent has on the Basic Psychological Needs. This research will hopefully provide a robust answer to how competence, relatedness and autonomy are affected by parenthood. This is highly relevant in the real world as it can show how to best support parents, especially new parents who are perhaps struggling. This in turn would have benefits for not only parents but their children too.
Date proposal received: 
Wednesday, 15 December, 2021
Date proposal approved: 
Thursday, 27 January, 2022
Mental health - Psychology, Psychiatry, Cognition, Pregnancy - e.g. reproductive health, postnatal depression, birth outcomes, etc., Wellbeing, Statistical methods, Parenting, Social science