ERIC Number: EJ779311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Conflict Frequency and Relationship Quality across the Transition to Parenthood
Kluwer, Esther S.; Johnson, Matthew D.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v69 n5 p1089-1106 Dec 2007
Longitudinal data from 293 Dutch couples were used to examine the association between conflict frequency and relationship quality across the transition to parenthood, which is known as one of the most challenging events in the early stages of marriage. More frequent conflict during pregnancy was related to lower levels of relationship quality across the transition to parenthood, and lower levels of relationship quality during pregnancy were associated with more frequent conflict across the transition to parenthood. A comparison of two models showed that frequent conflict is more likely to be a determinant than a consequence of lower relationship quality. The results suggest a complicated but identifiable association between conflict frequency and relationship quality that may inform the development and modification of primary interventions targeting new parents.
Descriptors: Conflict, Pregnancy, Marital Satisfaction, Longitudinal Studies, Foreign Countries, Marriage, Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands