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A study of how the individual´s view of society are impacted by pregnancy and childbirth

Becoming pregnant is one of the most important life events. In spite of this, there is a lack of research on how pregnancy and childbirth impact the individual’s view of society. This project entitled “Expecting a child” is the first research project to systematically investigate how a pregnant woman’s and her partner’s views of society are impacted by pregnancy and childbirth.

There is quite a lot of research on how and why people change their views of society. But so far in the research, pregnancy and childbirth have not been regarded as processes that have political significance. In this project, we are interested in how the individual’s interest in social questions increases or decreases, and how their perceptions of and opinions about society change during pregnancy and early parenthood.

A study on how perceptions of society are created and altered

An understanding of these processes is decisive for a society to be able to respond to its citizens in this situation in ways that are sensitive to their needs. This project is also needed to increase knowledge about women’s experiences of social support and to explain the known fact that women and men exhibit differences in how they engage with various social questions and what they think about them. Because pregnancy and childbirth affect the majority of people in the community, and because they are often life-changing events, this project is needed to provide a comprehensive picture of how perceptions of society are created and altered, and how we should understand the differences between different women and men.

Research collaboration

The project is a collaborative project between midwives and obstetricians at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital and the Sahlgrenska Academy, and political scientists at the Department of Political Science and the SOM (Society, Opinion, Media) Institute, all at the University of Gothenburg.

Information to you who would like to participate

If you are interested to participate in and/or want to learn more about this project, please contact Elin Naurin, elin.naurin@pol.gu.se.

We are looking for you who are pregnant or a partner to a pregnant woman.

For the pregnant woman

For the pregnant women´s partner




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