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Marital and parenting satisfaction and infant care self-efficacy during the transition to parenthood: the effect of infant sex.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12623734     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this follow-up study was to examine the effect of infant sex on changes in and differences between parents' reports of infant care self-efficacy and parenting and marital satisfaction from 4 months to 12 months after the birth of their first child. A convenience sample of 32 couples was selected from 44 couples who participated in a longitudinal study of the development of parenting satisfaction and infant care self-efficacy during the first 4 months after the birth of a first child (Brage Hudson, Elek, Fleck, 2001). Couples completed a demographic questionnaire, the Infant Care Survey (ICS, Froman Owen, 1989), the What Being the Parent of a New Baby is Like--Revised Questionnaire (WPBL-R, Pridham Chang, 1989), and the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS, Spanier, 1976, 1989) 4 and 12 months postpartum. Infant care self-efficacy, but not parenting satisfaction, increased from 4 to 12 months; mothers reported higher infant care self-efficacy and parenting satisfaction than fathers at both times. Fathers of boys reported greater parenting satisfaction and infant care self-efficacy at 12 months than fathers of girls. Marital satisfaction decreased from 4 to 12 months for both mothers and fathers. Significant relationships existed among infant care self-efficacy, parenting satisfaction, and marital satisfaction at both 4 and 12 months postpartum. Implications for families and for nursing interventions are discussed.
Susan M Elek; Diane Brage Hudson; Carla Bouffard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Issues in comprehensive pediatric nursing     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0146-0862     ISO Abbreviation:  Issues Compr Pediatr Nurs     Publication Date:    2003 Jan-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-03-07     Completed Date:  2003-06-27     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7702326     Medline TA:  Issues Compr Pediatr Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  45-57     Citation Subset:  N    
College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Family Health
Father-Child Relations
Follow-Up Studies
Infant Care*
Infant, Newborn
Longitudinal Studies
Marriage / psychology*
Mother-Child Relations
Parenting / psychology*
Personal Satisfaction*
Self Efficacy*
Sex Characteristics*
Grant Support
1 R15 NR04225-01/NR/NINR NIH HHS

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