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Contribution of infants' sleep and crying to marital relationship of first-time parent couples in the 1st year after childbirth.
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PMID:  17371109     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study investigated the influence of infants' sleep and crying on marital relationship in first-time parent couples (N = 107) during the 1st year after birth. Control variables are parents' insomnia and parental self-efficacy in handling the baby. Questionnaires were administered to both parents before birth, at 2 and 7 weeks after birth, and at 1 year after birth. Results show that marital problem-solving ability did not change but that marital satisfaction diminished significantly over time. Crying was the main child variable that affected marital satisfaction. Fathers' self-efficacy contributed positively to marital problem solving and negatively to paternal insomnia. Both maternal and paternal insomnia affected spouses' insomnia. As infant sleep problems may worsen preexisting parental insomnia, it is recommended that first-time parents be informed about treatments of insomnia.
Anne Marie Meijer; Godfried L H van den Wittenboer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43)     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0893-3200     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Psychol     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-20     Completed Date:  2007-06-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8802265     Medline TA:  J Fam Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  49-57     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Education, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological / physiology
Analysis of Variance
Crying / psychology*
Fathers / psychology
Infant Behavior / psychology*
Marriage / psychology*
Mothers / psychology
Parents / psychology*
Personal Satisfaction
Problem Solving / physiology
Self Efficacy
Sleep / physiology*
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / complications,  psychology
Time Factors

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