This study investigates the impact of childhood experiences, (marital) relationship, and social support among normative first-time parents on
a) parenting and parental health and wellbeing and
b) the effects of these factors on the development and health of the child.
The survey data was collected from 1013 parents expecting their first child. The data set is longitudinal, and starts at the third trimester of pregnancy and until the child 24 months, with an option for later follow-ups (permission obtained from 403 parents). In five measurement waves we collected data on depression, stress, parental reflective functioning, relationship satisfaction, social support, sense of coherence and major life changes among the parents, and on health and development of the child. The parents were recruited from maternity clinics from around 80 communities all over the country.