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Work-family (in)balance and parenting: A dynamic approach to the impact of daily work-family experiences in both mothers and fathers on their day-to-day parenting practices.
Nowadays, as many women have entered the workforce and men are assumed to have greater responsibility for childcare, the boundaries between work and family are more porous. More than ever before, a working father may miss work because his child has the flu, and a working mother may miss her child's big soccer game because of an important meeting. Not surprisingly, many parents experience difficulties when it comes to work-family balance, and previous research convincingly demonstrated that work-family conflict has detrimental consequences for parental well-being. However, less is known about the consequences of work-family (in)balance for family interactions, and for parenting more specifically. This is unfortunate as emerging research shows that work-family conflict is also related to a broad range of negative child outcomes. Parenting may be one important mechanism here. Our present project aims to provide the most thorough and comprehensive examination of the link between work-family experiences and parenting to date. It represents a unique contribution beyond previous research in four major ways: (a) investigating both the dark and bright side of work-family experiences and parenting, (b) combining questionnaire and diary studies, (c) focusing on both mothers and fathers (and the interplay between both), and (d) examining the intermediate role of parental burnout and psychological availability in this link between work-family (in)balance and parenting.
|Recente publicaties||Brenning, K., Soenens, B., Braet, C., & Bosmans, G. (2011). The role of depressogenic personality and attachment in the intergenerational similarity of depressive symptoms: A study with early adolescents and their mothers. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 284-297.
Brenning, K., Soenens, B., Braet, C., & Bosmans, G. (2011). An Adaptation of the Experiences in Close Relationships Scale-Revised for Use with Children and Adolescents. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28, 1048-1072.
Brenning, K., & Braet, C. (2013). The emotion regulation model of attachment: An emotion-specific approach. Personal Relationships, 20, 107-123.
Brenning, K., Soenens, B., Braet, C., & Bal, S. (2012). The Role of Parenting and Mother-Adolescent Attachment in the Intergenerational Similarity of Internalizing Symptoms. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41, 802-816.
Brenning, K., Soenens, B., Braet, C., & Bosmans, G. (2012). Attachment and depressive symptoms in middle childhood and early adolescence: Testing the validity of the emotion regulation model of attachment. Personal Relationships, 19, 445-464.
Brenning, K., Bosmans, G., Braet, C., & Theuwis, L. (2012). Gender differences in cognitive schema vulnerability and depressive symptoms in adolescents. Behaviour Change, 29, 164-182.
Brenning, K., Soenens, B., Braet, C., & Beyers, W. (2013). Longitudinal dynamics of depressogenic personality and attachment dimensions in adolescence: An examination of associations with changes in depressive symptoms. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 1128-1144.
Van Petegem, S., Beyers, W., Brenning, K., & Vansteenkiste, M. (2013). Exploring the association between insecure attachment and adolescent autonomy in family decision making: A Differentiated Approach. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 1837-1846.
Brenning, K., Van Petegem, S., Vanhalst, J., & Soenens, B. (2014). The psychometric qualities of a short version of the Experiences in Close Relationships Scale - Revised Child version. Personality and Individual Differences, 68, 118-123.
Brenning, K., Soenens, B., Van Petegem, S., & Vansteenkiste, M. (2015). Perceived Maternal Autonomy-support and Early Adolescent Emotion Regulation: A longitudinal Study. Social Development.
Brenning, K., Soenens, B., & Braet, C. (2015). Testing the Incremental Value of a Separate Measure for Secure Attachment Relative to a Measure for Attachment Anxiety and Avoidance in Middle Childhood and Early Adolescence. European Journal of Psychological Assessment.
Brenning, K., Soenens, B., Braet, C., & Bosmans, G. (2014). Hechtingsangst en –vermijding bij kinderen en adolescenten. Psychopraktijk, 6, 28-31.
Soenens, B., Wuyts, D., Vansteenkiste, M., Mageau, G. A., & Brenning, K. (2015). Raising trophy kids: The role of mothers’ contingent self-esteem in maternal promotion of extrinsic goals. Journal of Adolescence, 42, 40-49. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.04.001
Brenning, K., Soenens, B., & Vansteenkiste, M. (2015). What’s Your Motivation to be Pregnant? Examining Relations Between Pregnant Women’s Motives for Having a Child and their Prenatal Functioning. Journal of Family Psychology, 29, 755-765.
Wuyts, D., Soenens, B., Vansteenkiste, M., Van Petegem, S., & Brenning K. (2017). The Role of Separation Anxiety in Mothers’ Use of Autonomy Support: An Observational Study. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 1949-1957. 10.1007/s10826-017-0707-7
Van Petegem, S., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Soenens, B., Vansteenkiste, M., Brenning, K., & Mabbe, E. (2017). Does Parenting Context Modify Adolescents’ Appraisals and Coping with a Situation of Parental Regulation? The Case of Autonomy-Supportive Parenting. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 2623-2639
Van der Kaap-Deeder, J., Boone, L., Brenning, K. (2017). Antecedents of Provided Autonomy Support and Psychological Control within Close Friendships: The Role of Evaluative Concerns Perfectionism and Basic Psychological Needs. Personality and Individual Differences, 108, 149-153.
Brenning, K., Soenens, B., Van Petegem, S., & Kins, E. (2017). Searching for the Roots of Overprotective Parenting in Emerging Adulthood: Investigating the link with parental attachment representations using an Actor Partner Interdependence Model. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 2299-2310. 10.1007/s10826-017-0744-2
Brenning, K., Soenens, B., & Braet, C. (2017). Testing the Incremental Value of a Separate Measure for Secure Attachment Relative to a Measure for Attachment Anxiety and Avoidance in Middle Childhood and Early Adolescence. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 33, 5-13. DOI: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000264
Brenning, K. & Soenens, B. (2017). A Self-Determination Theory perspective on Postpartum depressive symptoms and early parenting behaviors. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73, 1729-1743. 10.1002/jclp.22480
Brenning, K., Mabbe, E., Vansteenkiste, M. & Soenens, B. (in publication). Ups and Downs in the Joy of Motherhood: Maternal Well-being as a Function of Psychological Needs, Personality, and Infant Temperament. Journal of Happiness Studies. 10.1007/s10902-017-9936-0
Van Petegem, S., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Baudat, S., Brenning, K., Beyers, W. (accepted). Intimacy Development in Late Adolescence: Longitudinal Associations with Perceived Parental Autonomy Support and Adolescents’ Self-Worth. Journal of Adolescence.
Soenens, B., Park, S-Y., Mabbe, E., Vansteenkiste, M., Chen, B., Van Petegem, S., Brenning, K. (accepted). The Moderating Role of Vertical Collectivism in South-Korean Adolescents’ Perceptions of and Responses to Autonomy-Supportive and Controlling Parenting. Frontiers in Psychology
Kindt, S., Vansteenkiste, M., Brenning, K., & Goubert, L. (accepted). The Effects of Partners’ Helping Motivation on Chronic Pain Patients’ Functioning over Time. Journal of Pain.
Brenning, K., Soenens, B., Braet, C., & Bosmans, G. (2009, September). Attachment and depression in middle childhood and early adolescence, the contribution of emotion-regulation as possible mediator. In G. Bosmans (Chair), Novel approaches to study the influence of interpersonal experiences on clinically relevant behavior. Symposium conducted at the 39th EABCT annual congress, Dubrovnik, Croatia.