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Becoming Parents

This panel survey was designed to study changes in the life courses, life styles, and identities at the moment of couples' transition to parenthood, depending on the concrete situation in which the couples are living, and how these changes affect the relationships between the new parents, including in the occupational field. The principal aim of the study is to better understand the social and psychological elements at work in these changes. The survey, a three-wave panel, was fielded between November 2005 and June 2009, with an initial sample of 233 couples who were interviewed for the first time in the fourth month of pregnancy, a second time at the end of the first trimester following the birth of the child, and a third time, the tenth month after childbirth (i.e., well after the end of maternity leave). Supplementary qualitative interviews were conducted with a subsample of thirty couples. The three waves of the survey have been financed by the Swiss national science foundation (SNSF). Principal applicant: René Levy; co-applicants: Annick de Ribaupierre, Claudine Sauvain-Dugerdil, Dario Spini, Eric Widmer; project director: Jean-Marie Le Goff; collaborators: Martine Amstalden, Martin Camenisch, Felix Bühlmann, Guy Elcheroth, Francesco Giudici, Valérie-Anne Ryser, Marlène Sapin, Manuel Tettamanti. Another research proposal has been accepted by the SNSF for the analyses of the data thus collected. Principal applicant: Jean-Marie Le Goff; co-applicants: Laura Bernardi, Eric Widmer; collaborator: Nadia Girardin.


Publications:


Le Goff J-M. & Levy R. (2011), Devenir parent. Rapport technique sur la réalisation des enquêtes quantitative et qualitative. Lines working papers. no. 8-2011, Lausanne.


Bühlmann F., Le Goff J.-M., Camenisch M., Giudici F. & Tettamanti M. (forthcoming), Transition à la parentalité et garde d’enfant en Suisse. In: Giraud, O. & Lucas, B. (eds.), Face à la dépendance. Etats sociaux, citoyenneté et politiques publiques en Europe. Presses universitaires de Rennes.


Bühlmann F. & Tettamanti M. (2007), Le statut de l’approche qualitative dans des projets de recherche interdisciplinaires. Recherche qualitative. Hors série n°3, et http://www.recherche-qualitative.qc.ca.


Le Goff J.-M., Barbeiro A. & Gossweiler E. (2011). La garde des enfants par leurs grands-parents, créatrice de liens intergénérationnels. L’exemple de la Suisse romande. Politiques sociales et familiales. 105.


Le Goff J.-M., Levy R., Sapin M. & Camenisch M. (2009), Devenir parent. Changer de vie. In Oris M. et al. (dir.) : Transitions dans le parcours de vie et construction des inégalités. Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, Lausanne, p. 233-252.


Le Goff, J.-M. & Ryser, V.-A., (2010), The Meaning of Marriage for Men during their Transition to Fatherhood. The Swiss Context. Marriage and Family Review 46 (1-2) : 107-125.


Le Goff J.-M., Sapin M. & Camenisch M. (2011). Intentions professionnelles des couples de Suisse romande après la naissance de leur premier enfant. Une première exploration de l’enquête « Devenir parent ». In Joye D., Pirinoli C., Spini D. & Widmer E. (Eds), Parcours de vie et insertions sociales. Zürich : Seismo, p. 105-125.


Ryser V.-A. & Le Goff J.-M. (2011). Le mariage en Suisse. Contrainte institutionnelle ou choix de vie. In Gouazé S., Salles A., Prat-Erkert C. (éds). Les enjeux démographiques en France et en Allemagne : réalités et conséquences, Villeneuve d’Asq : Presses universitaires du Septentrion, p. 109-123.

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