B4321 - The role of mental health and well-being in the transition to parenthood - 09/05/2023

B number: 
Principal applicant name: 
Nina Di Cara | University of Bristol, MRC IEU, School of Psychological Science
Professor Claire Haworth, Gaurav Saxena
Title of project: 
The role of mental health and well-being in the transition to parenthood
Proposal summary: 

Becoming a parent is an important life event that has a significant impact on the way that we live our lives.
This project will look at how having a child impacts new parents’ mental health and well-being, by using information about ALSPAC participants before they have had children, and seeing how this changes afterwards.
This will help us to understand which parts of our well-being are affected by having children, when this happens, and why different people react differently to becoming parents.
By understanding the experiences of new parents better, we can work towards interventions that support parents’ well-being at this important time of their lives.

Impact of research: 
We hope to develop a better understanding of which facets of well-being are relevant to the experiences of new parents. This will contribute to a better understanding of the support needs of new parents, and provide a scientific basis for interventions that help parents to manage the transition to parenthood. Practically, this study will be the basis for further funding bids on this topic.
Date proposal received: 
Friday, 28 April, 2023
Date proposal approved: 
Tuesday, 9 May, 2023
Mental health - Psychology, Psychiatry, Cognition, Mental health, Pregnancy - e.g. reproductive health, postnatal depression, birth outcomes, etc., Statistical methods, Birth outcomes, Cohort studies - attrition, bias, participant engagement, ethics, Mothers - maternal age, menopause, obstetrics, Parenting, Psychology - personality