ERIC Number: EJ776414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Reference Count: 55
Longitudinal Changes in Marital Relationships: The Role of Offspring's Pubertal Development
Whiteman, Shawn D.; McHale, Susan M.; Crouter, Ann C.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v69 n4 p1005-1020 Nov 2007
This study charted the longitudinal trajectories of wives' and husbands' reports of marital love, satisfaction, and conflict and explored whether and how first- and second-born offspring's pubertal development was related to marital changes. Data were drawn from the first 7 years of a longitudinal study of family relationships. Participants included wives, husbands, and first- and second-born children from 188 White, working- and middle-class families. Multilevel models revealed declines over time in wives' and husbands' reports of marital love and satisfaction but only small changes in conflict. Offspring's pubertal development was related to changes in marital qualities; declines in positivity and increases in negativity were most consistently linked to firstborns' puberty. Overall, the results highlight the interrelatedness of family subsystems.
Descriptors: Spouses, Puberty, Intimacy, Conflict, Parent Child Relationship, Marital Satisfaction, Marital Instability, Interpersonal Relationship, Parents, Longitudinal Studies, Child Development
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