Social Integration and Well-Being

Does parenthood influence life satisfaction? Is there a gender divide in the "parental happiness gap"? How has the influence of parenthood on life satisfaction changed over time, and how is such change related to changing gendered parenthood norms? Together with Klaus Preisner and Julia Schaub from the University of Zurich, and with Franz Neuberger at the German Youth Institute in Munich, we were able to show how the maternal happiness gap has diminished and that this can be explained with changing normative expectations towards mothers and fathers.

How large or small are the networks of elderly Europeans? How do men and women differ with respect to their network size and satisfaction with their networks? Does the network size directly relate to network satisfaction?

Is living in a partnership an asset for maintaining cognitive health in age? How do partnership transitions affect memory and verbal fluency of elderly Europeans? Do men and women benefit to the same degree of living in a partnership? Through which mechanisms is the benefit of living in a partnership mediated: healthy lifestyle, social support or financial resources? And does the benefit vary between social contexts? Can more developed states buffer for not living in a partnership? Together with Anja Leist from the University of Luxembourg, I explore these questions based on SHARE data.


Preisner, Klaus, Franz Neuberger, Ariane Bertogg and Julia M. Schaub. 2020. Gender, Parenthood and Life Satisfaction. Gender & Society (in press)