Seminar-- Postponed Parenthood: Psychological Perspectives


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Research Program Seminar on Population and Health by Karen Dion, Professor of Psychology, University of Toronto, Scarborough; Visiting Scholar, East-West Center

When: Feb 25 2010 (All day)
Where: John A. Burns Hall, 3012 (Third Floor), 12 Noon - 1:00 PM

Postponed childbearing is an important trend across various societies.  At the societal level, this trend contributes to lower levels of fertility.  At the individual level, this trend is related to multiple and often interacting social structural variables, such as education, employment opportunities and job-related demands, as well as institutional support for child care responsibilities.  Another important group of contributing factors concerns psychological variables reflecting parenthood motivation and expectations, beliefs about postponed child-bearing and more generally, the perceived importance of parenthood for making the transition to adulthood.  In this seminar, research addressing these psychological factors will be discussed.

Currently a Visiting Scholar at the Center, Karen Dion is from the University of Toronto where she is Professor of Psychology.  She is a social psychologist whose research also involves several other areas of psychology, including cultural psychology, developmental psychology and the psychology of gender.  One of her research interests concerns individuals' expectations and beliefs about major transitions in adulthood, in particular, the transition to parenthood.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Anna Tanaka
Phone: 808-944-7607