Partner relationships during the transition to parenthood

Barbara Figueiredo, Tiffany Field, Miguel Diego, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Osvelia Deeds, Angela Ascencio

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Abstract

Partner relationships are relevant in the psychological adjustment during the transition to parenthood, but mothers have been studied more often than fathers in this respect. The Relationship Questionnaire (RQ) to assess positive and negative dimensions of the partner relationship, the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) to assess depression and the State Anxiety Inventory (STAI) to assess anxiety were administered to forty-three women and their partners recruited during the second trimester of pregnancy and seen again until after delivery in order to assess differences in women's/men's anxiety and depression according to partner relationships. Results indicate that women/men with a less positive relationship with the partner show higher anxiety than women/men with a more positive partner relationship, and those women/men with a more negative relationship with the partner show both higher depression and higher anxiety than women/men with a less negative relationship with the partner. Also partners of women/men with a more negative partner relationship show higher depression than partners of women/men with a less negative partner relationship. Psychological adjustment during the transition to parenthood of both the women/men and the partner is impacted by the partner relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-107
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2008

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Partner relationship
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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