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Changes in relationship satisfaction across the transition to parenthood: a meta-analysis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20001143     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The U.S. government has recently spent several hundred million dollars to promote healthy relationships in new parents. The influx of money implies that relationships of new parents are at elevated risk for declining satisfaction and dissolution. This meta-analysis aggregates data from 37 studies that track couples from pregnancy to after the birth of the first child and 4 studies that track childless newlywed couples over time and compare couples who do and do not become parents. Results indicate significant, small declines in relationship satisfaction for both men and women from pregnancy to 11 months postbirth; 5 studies that followed couples for 12-14 months found moderate-sized declines. Seven variables moderated the decrease in relationship satisfaction from pregnancy to early parenthood. However, the decrease in satisfaction may not indicate anything unique about the transition to parenthood; the 4 studies following newlyweds indicated that those who do not become parents experience a decrease in relationship satisfaction similar to that of parents across a comparable span of time. Implications for prevention and future directions are discussed.
Authors:
Danielle M Mitnick; Richard E Heyman; Amy M Smith Slep
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Meta-Analysis; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43)     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1939-1293     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Psychol     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-16     Completed Date:  2010-03-19     Revised Date:  2013-05-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8802265     Medline TA:  J Fam Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  848-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Family Translational Research Group, Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794-2500, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Female
Humans
Interpersonal Relations*
Male
Parenting*
Parents / psychology*
Personal Satisfaction*
Pregnancy
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
1U49CE001246-01/CE/NCIPC CDC HHS; R01 HD046901-01/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01HD046901-01/HD/NICHD NIH HHS
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