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Parenthood and Happiness: a Review of Folk Theories Versus Empirical Evidence

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  • Thomas Hansen, 2012. "Parenthood and Happiness: a Review of Folk Theories Versus Empirical Evidence," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 108(1), pages 29-64, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:soinre:v:108:y:2012:i:1:p:29-64 DOI: 10.1007/s11205-011-9865-y
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