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ERIC Number: EJ1007583
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Reaction and Adaptation to the Birth of a Child: A Couple-Level Analysis
Dyrdal, Gunvor Marie; Lucas, Richard E.
Developmental Psychology, v49 n4 p749-761 Apr 2013
The present study explored how life satisfaction changes before and after childbirth among first-time parents from a nationally representative, longitudinal study of Germans. Life satisfaction increased before pregnancy to a peak just after birth and then returned to the baseline level within 2 years postpartum. The 2 members of the same couple reacted and adapted to childbirth in similar ways, suggesting that something about the event itself (rather than the individuals' personality) affects individual differences in these responses. However, some personality characteristics (including neuroticism and openness) did moderate reaction and adaptation effects. (Contains 2 figures, 4 tables, and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany