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Intensive Parenting: the Risks of Overdemanding

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The concept of intensive parenting refers to a trend that has broadened and extended the cultural mandates around what is expected of parents in the “adequate” exercise of their roles. It implies that they focus their vital attention on the upbringing of children and give them full dedication; invest an enormous amount of energy, resources and capacity for love; monitoring their own behaviour; and postponing their desires and interests in order to attend to those of their children. This review presents the main published research on intensive parenting in the last 10 years, focusing on the forms it takes in parenting and its implications for the well-being of parents. The results indicate that intensive parenting negatively affects the well-being of mothers and fathers. Differences and gender gaps are evident in these experiences between them.

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We thank Millennium Institute for Research on Depression and Personality (MIDAP) and Neurosciences, Psychiatry and Mental Health Program (NEPSAM UdeC).


This research was supported by Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Científico y Tecnológico (National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development), grant number 1180853, and by study grants from Advanced Human Capital Formation Program numbers 21181101, 21180983 and 21180292, funded by the Agencia Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo de Chile, ANID (Chilean National Agency for Research and Development).

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C.N. and F.C conceived the idea. All authors reviewed the literature, drafted the manuscript, critically revised, and approved the final version before submission. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.

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Correspondence to Pablo Vergara-Barra.

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Novoa, C., Cova, F., Nazar, G. et al. Intensive Parenting: the Risks of Overdemanding. Trends in Psychol. (2022).

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