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ERIC Number: EJ783716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
No Fun Anymore: Leisure and Marital Quality across the Transition to Parenthood
Claxton, Amy; Perry-Jenkins, Maureen
Journal of Marriage and Family, v70 n1 p28-43 Feb 2008
This study examines changes in leisure patterns across the transition to parenthood for dual-earner, working-class couples, as well as the relationship between leisure and marital quality. To this end, 147 heterosexual couples were interviewed across the transition to parenthood. Findings indicate that during the transition to parenthood, husbands and wives experience an initial decline in leisure, followed by a gradual incline after the wife's return to work. Overall, wives who reported more shared leisure prenatally also reported more marital love and less conflict 1 year later. Husbands with more independent leisure prenatally reported less love and more conflict 1 year later. Conclusions suggest leisure time is integral to well-functioning marriages, with effects lasting throughout the first year of parenthood.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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