Title: Intergenerational transmission of marital quality across the transition to parenthood
Authors : Perren, Sonja
von Wyl, Agnes
Bürgin, Dieter
Simoni, Heidi
von Klitzing, Kai
Published in : Family Process
Volume(Issue) : 44
Issue : 4
Pages : 441
Pages to: 459
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Wiley-Blackwell
Issue Date: Dec-2005
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Marital quality; Marital satisfaction; Family-of-origin; First birth; Marriage; Parenthood
Subject (DDC) : 306: Culture
Abstract: One of the most frequently reported changes across the transition to parenthood is a decline in marital quality after the birth of a first baby. Experiences in the family of origin may influence the trajectory of marital quality. Our study aimed to investigate the impact of recollections of family-of-origin marriage on marital quality (self-reports and clinical evaluation) from pregnancy to 1 year after the birth of a first child. A total of 62 first-time parents completed questionnaires (self-reported marital satisfaction) and clinical interviews (clinical evaluation of couples' dialogue quality). Although self-reported marital satisfaction and observed dialogue quality were highly associated, only self-reported marital satisfaction declined from pregnancy to 1 year after birth. This decrease was partly due to very high marital satisfaction during pregnancy. Different trajectories for self-reported marital satisfaction and observed dialogue quality were found for participants with recollections of low-, average-, and high-quality family-of-origin marriage. A structural equation model showed that participants who recollected a negative quality in their parents' relationship reported more negative changes in the quality of their own marriages. There seems to be an intergenerational transmission of marital quality that comes to light when couples are challenged by the birth and rearing of a baby.
Departement: Angewandte Psychologie
Organisational Unit: Psychological Institute (PI)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1111/j.1545-5300.2005.00071.x
ISSN: 0014-7370
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/7394
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Angewandte Psychologie

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