Pathways and Barriers to Parenthood

Existential Concerns Regarding Fertility, Pregnancy, and Early Parenthood

  • Orit Taubman – Ben-Ari

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Vera Skvirsky, Orit Taubman – Ben-Ari
    Pages 39-57
  3. Henny M. W. Bos, Floor B. van Rooij, Tammary Esho, Wanjiru Ndegwa, Aida Bilajbegovic, Benjamin Kioko et al.
    Pages 59-82
  4. Adel Farhi, Saralee Glasser, Liat Lerner-Geva
    Pages 101-111
  5. Michael Ungar, Kristin Hadfield, Nicole Bush, Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Igor Pekelny
    Pages 127-153
  6. Dorit Segal-Engelchin, Sarah Jen, Pauline I. Erera
    Pages 155-171
  7. Susan Ayers, Alexandra Sawyer
    Pages 199-218
  8. Miri Scharf, Pnina Isenberg-Borenstein, Rachel Marcow Rosenberg
    Pages 219-234
  9. Orit Taubman – Ben-Ari
    Pages 271-290
  10. W. Steven Rholes, Ramona L. Paetzold
    Pages 291-303
  11. Mario Mikulincer, Phillip R. Shaver
    Pages 305-319
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 321-341

About this book


This volume explores the transition to parenthood from a holistic developmental approach, relating to barriers such as fertility problems and traumatic childbirth, as well as pathways such as positive experiences of pregnancy and childbirth. It presents an extended process, beginning with infertility issues, continuing with subjects pertaining to decisions regarding parenthood, pregnancy and birth, and ending with the early stages of parenthood from a positive psychology perspective. The volume draws on theories of resilience, meaning, terror management, and attachment, and considers psychological, sociological, legal, policy, medical, and therapy issues. It relates to the developmental needs of individuals and couples, as well as to the role played by family, society, and the media, offering a comprehensive in-depth evaluation of the latest topics.


Life Transitions Coping with Infertility Reproductive Psychology Parenthood and Positive Psychology Personal Growth Aspects of Fertility Preservation Fertility Treatment Media and Fertility Surrogate Motherhood and Psychological Adaption Resilience to Prenatal Stress Hetero-Gay Family Sex Selection of Future Children Parenthood and Mental Health Issues Analyzing Parenthood Health Promotion and the Transition to Parenthood

Editors and affiliations

  • Orit Taubman – Ben-Ari
    • 1
  1. 1.Bar-Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael

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