Patterns of couple interaction during the transition to parenthood

  • Houts R
  • Barnett-Walker K
  • Paley B
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Using latent transition analysis, this study identified Constructive and Destructive marital problem-solving patterns in couples prenatally and at 3, 12, and 24 months postbirth. Most couples remained in the same group across the 2 years (27.5% and 52.2% who started as Destructive and Constructive, respectively). Always Destructive spouses reported more depressive symptomatology and more negative and less positive views of marriage than Always Constructive couples. Mixed wives mirrored Always Constructive wives in their depressive symptomatology and concurrent views of marriage; mixed husbands mirrored Always Constructive husbands in their depressive symptomatology and Always Destructive husbands in their concurrent views of marriage. Mixed couples divorced or separated at the highest rates (35.7%), while Always Constructive couples tended to remain married (93.1%).

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  • Renate M. Houts

  • Kortnee C. Barnett-Walker

  • Blair Paley

  • Martha J. Cox

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