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Positive affect

Children are a source of several benefits and Table 6.6 shows these. The author found that parents value most the affection, fun, help, and later economic help in emergencies from children. When there are benefits, it is the motherdaughter link that gives the greatest satisfaction. When they are attuned to each other there is a high level of happiness for both (Gavin and Furman, 1996). However, satisfaction with parenting and marital satisfaction both cause each other, and this is true for fathers as well as mothers (Rogers and White, 1998).