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The baby and the marriage: identifying factors that buffer against decline in marital satisfaction after the first baby arrives.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10740682     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This longitudinal study identified factors of couples' marital friendship in the beginning months of marriage that predicted stability versus decline in marital satisfaction over the transition to parenthood. Newlywed couples (N = 130) were followed longitudinally for 6 years. Forty-three couples because parents, and 39 childless couples served as a control group. Couples were interviewed about the history and philosophy of their relationship as newlyweds. What predicted the stable or increasing marital satisfaction of mothers were the husband's expression of fondness toward her, the husband's high awareness for her and their relationship, and her awareness for her husband and their relationship. In contrast, what predicted the decline in marital satisfaction of mothers were the husband's negativity toward his wife, the husband's disappointment in the marriage, or the husband or wife having described their lives as chaotic.
Authors:
A F Shapiro; J M Gottman; S Carrère
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; 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:  14     ISSN:  0893-3200     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Psychol     Publication Date:  2000 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-04-19     Completed Date:  2000-04-19     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8802265     Medline TA:  J Fam Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  59-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle 98115-1525, USA. alysonfs@u.washington.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Child
Female
Gender Identity
Humans
Infant
Longitudinal Studies
Male
Marriage / psychology*
Parenting / psychology*
Personal Satisfaction*
Personality Assessment
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
MH42484/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; MH47083/MH/NIMH NIH HHS

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