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The Psychology of Family Law$
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Eve Brank

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479865413

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479865413.001.0001

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Parenthood and Other Caregiving

Parenthood and Other Caregiving

(p.79) 5 Parenthood and Other Caregiving
The Psychology of Family Law

Eve M. Brank

NYU Press

Despite how difficult it is to be a parent, people still chose to take on the task of parenting. Beyond the general evolutionary and biological reasons to bear children, cognitive biases could be at play and serving as encouragement for entering into parenthood. Such cognitive biases include affective forecasting, cognitive dissonance, and the burden of choice. All parenting is difficult, but modern parenting comes with special difficulties such as the financial burdens and conflicting research and public opinion concerning parenting styles. Additionally, parenting brings about a unique legal status that has implications for employment, criminal and civil parental responsibility, other caregiving involvement, and educational requirements.

Keywords:   Parenting, Cognitive biases, Modern parenting, Parental responsibility, Caregiving, Educational requirements

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