- First-time mothers' expectations of parenthood: What happens when optimistic expectations are not matched by later experiences?Kate Harwood
School of PsychologyUniversity of Western Australia, Crawley, WAU, Australia
Dev Psychol 43:1-12. 2007..Most women's expectations were matched or exceeded by their parenting experiences. However, where experiences were negative relative to expectations, there was greater depression symptomatology and poorer relationship adjustment...