When Partners Become Parents: The Big Life Change for Couples

By Carolyn Pape Cowan; Philip A. Cowan | Go to book overview

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This book about what happens to couples when they become parents for the first time was originally published in 1992. In the next few years, it was translated into five languages: German, French, Spanish, Chinese (Taiwanese), and Italian. Then, suddenly, it became a casualty, lost in the publishing jungle of the 1990s, when smaller firms were gobbled up by mega-giants, sometimes to disappear forever, sometimes to emerge in new incarnations. The book sold out its original run and went out of print in 1997.

We began to receive calls from people looking for the book-parents-to-be and prospective grandparents and journalists who had recently had a baby and been assigned to write an article about what happens to marriage when couples have babies. Colleagues in our own department and in American, European, and Israeli universities began calling, wanting to give the book to friends or to assign it to students in family psychology and lifespan development classes, but it was no longer available.

We are grateful to Lawrence Erlbaum Associates and to Judith Amsel for their decision to re-issue the book in this new edition. It seems clear that men and women having babies and those who conduct research and teach about family relationships are still eager to find a perspective on the unexpected changes that happen to partners once they become parents. We are convinced from the reactions we continue to receive from those

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