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The empty nest syndrome refers to the time in family life after the children have grown up and moved onto college work marriage or their own independent lives For parents this can be a time of strong feelings Some experience joy fulfillment and relief Others feel loneliness and anxiety or a combination of both good and bad feelings For some parents this is marked by the pain of loss and the anxiety of letting go They may find themselves asking questions like What is my purpose in life My work is done so who needs me or they may feel bitter and say Look what all my hard work has gotten me now In each phase of life there are tasks to be accomplished When children leave home it is the parents job to make the transition from a full nest to an empty nest Those who do not live in the past While those who do look toward the future Choosing to have children early in life despite psychological research may seem irrational A study done by Bridget Hiedemann Olga Suhomlinova and Angela M ORond can be used to support the benefits of having children later in life and to show that having children early in life may be detrimental to your marriage A study done by Bridget Hiedemann et al is evidence that having children later in ones life is beneficial to a couples marriage The study began with a sample of 2484 women The criteria for being selected for the study included that the women are in their first marriage they must be a mother and their youngest child had to be born during the marriage or the year following the marriage Three hypotheses were tested on the causes and timing of marital disruption during midlife We are going to examine only one of these hypotheses which is the hypothesis on an empty nest It states The risk of marital disruption increases
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