Predictors of change in relationship quality among first-time unmarried parents

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Gerard Anthony Carter (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Heather Helms

Abstract: Change in perceived relationship quality among unmarried first-time parents was examined using a subsample of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Mothers (N = 990) and fathers (N = 885) were interviewed at childbirth and one year postpartum. A significant but small decline in perceived relationship quality was found, with mothers experiencing greater decline than fathers. Greater declines were predicted by parents being in steady relationships at childbirth, and for mothers only, fathers' provision of transportation support at childbirth. Less decline was predicted by fathers' presence at childbirth and parents reporting less chance of marriage. For fathers, less education predicted less decrease in perceived relationship quality. Ten recommendations based upon these results are offered for family life educators and clinicians.

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Language: English
Date: 2010
Parents, Unmarried
Single parents $xUnited States
Unmarried couples

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