http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0302152813.htmParents Rationalize the Economic Cost of Children by Exaggerating Their Parental Joy
Any parent can tell you that raising a child is emotionally and intellectually draining. Despite their tales of professional sacrifice, financial hardship, and declines in marital satisfaction, many parents continue to insist that their children are an essential source of happiness and fulfillment in their lives. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that parents create rosy pictures of parental joy as a way to justify the huge investment that kids require.
I think the conclusions are quite bizarre. If you prime individuals by only concentrating on one or two aspects, then of course you are going to get different responses than if you allow them to put those findings in perspective.
Do you think these conclusions are reasonable? Does the economic aspect affect the likelihood of you having (more) planned children in the future?