Heather M. Helms

**Education; Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Studies, Penn State University, May 2000--M.S. in Family & Community Development, MFT specialization, University of Maryland, 1992--B.A. in Family Studies, Summa Cum Laude, Messiah College, 1987

There are 17 included publications by Heather M. Helms :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
21st Century Marriage in America (Editorial Comment) 2010 222 Editorial featured in Journal of Marriage and Family Volume 72, Issue 5.
Economic Pressure, Cultural Adaptation Stress, and Marital Quality Among Mexican-Origin Couples 2014 201 Based on data from a sample of 120 first-generation Mexican immigrant couples collected at the start of the Great Recession in the United States, this study tested an actor–partner interdependence mediation model (APIMeM) in which spouses’ perception...
Intensive Mothering Beliefs Among Full-Time Employed Mothers of Infants 2014 138 This study examined the degree to which 205 full-time employed mothers of infants endorsed intensive mothering beliefs (IMB), the stability of IMB, and contextual correlates of IMB. Results suggested that full-time employed mothers in this study did ...
Marital Quality and Personal Well-Being: A Meta-Analysis 2007 337 This study examines the association between marital quality and personal well-being using meta-analytic techniques. Effects from 93 studies were analyzed. The average weighted effect size r was .37 for cross-sectional and .25 for longitudinal effects...
Marital Quality and Spouses' Marriage Work With Close Friends and Each Other 2003 217 Through in-home interviews with 142 married couples, we explored how husbands' and wives' marriage work with close friends and one another was linked to their perceptions of marital quality. Results showed that husbands engaged in more marriage work ...
Marital Quality Ten Years After the Transition to Parenthood: Implications of the Timing of Parenthood and the Division of Housework 2001 238 Using a sample of 180 dual-earner, nondivorced couples, this study explored how the timing of parenthood and the division of housework are related to husbands' and wives' marital quality during the childrearing years. Hypothesized to be “at risk” for...
Mexican-Origin Couples in the Early Years of Parenthood: Marital Well-Being in Ecological Context 2011 176 In this article, we draw from Huston's (2000) 3-level model of marriage to provide an informed and integrative template for organizing current knowledge and guiding future inquiry into the study of marital well-being among a rapidly growing segment o...
Moderators of the Link between Marital Hostility and Change in Spouses’ Depressive Symptoms 2009 325 This study examined the moderating roles of marital warmth and recent life events in the association between observed marital hostility and changes in spouses’ depressive symptoms over 3 years. Using the actor-partner interdependence model (APIM), st...
Mothers' and Fathers' Perceptions of Change and Continuity in Their Relationships With Young Adult Sons and Daughters 2008 267 Guided by contemporary feminist revisions of individual theories on adolescent development, interviews with 142 parent dyads were conducted to better understand the variation in mothers' and fathers' perceptions of changes and continuities in their r...
Parenting During Childhood Predicts Relationship Satisfaction in Young Adulthood: A Prospective Longitudinal Perspective 2012 453 Using three waves of data drawn from the National Survey of Families and Households (n = 438 young adult children) we examined the process by which parental warmth and harsh parenting during childhood influences children's romantic relationship satis...
Provider Role Attitudes, Marital Satisfaction, Role Overload, and Housework: A Dyadic Approach 2010 435 Treating the marital dyad as the unit of analysis, this study examined the within-couple patterning of 272 dual-earner spouses’ provider role attitudes and their longitudinal associations with marital satisfaction, role overload, and the division of ...
Relational Support from Friends and Wives’ Family Relationships: The Role of Husbands’ Interference 2009 198 Informed by Marks's three corners model, this study explored the moderating role of husbands' relational interference in the link between relational support from close friends and wives' marital and family relationship quality. Using data from 52 wiv...
Remembered Parental Rejection and Postpartum Declines in Marital Satisfaction: Moderated Dyadic Links 2013 27 Utilizing a sample of 80 married couples, the current study employed a dyadic approach to examine links between remembered parental rejection during childhood and change in marital satisfaction across the transition to parenthood. Partner remembered ...
Sibling Influences on Gender Development in Middle Childhood and Early Adolescence: A Longitudinal Study 2001 1194 The development of gender role qualities (attitudes, personality, leisure activities) from middle childhood to early adolescence was studied to determine whether siblings' gender role qualities predicted those of their sisters and brothers. Participa...
Spouses’ gender-typed attributes and their links with marital quality: A pattern analytic approach 2006 261 Using data from interviews with 194 midlife couples, we: (i) identified a typology of couple groups based on spouses’ gender-typed attributes; (ii) described couple groups in terms of individual, contextual, and attitudinal characteristics; and (iii)...
Who's the Boss? Patterns of Perceived Control in Adolescents' Friendships 2004 201 This study examined the nature and correlates of different patterns of perceived control in adolescents' relationships with their best friends. Participants included firstborn adolescents (M = 14.94 years), their younger siblings (M = 12.44 years) an...
Wives’ Domain-Specific “Marriage Work” with Friends and Spouses: Links to Marital Quality 2004 193 This study examined the friendship experiences of 52 wives and mothers, with particular attention given to wives’ marriage work (discussions about concerns and problems in the marriage) in 10 domains with friends and spouses. A series of within-subje...