Mexican immigrant couples’ marital quality and coparenting satisfaction: the role of spouses’ incongruence in familism attitudes

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Yuliana Rodriguez (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Heather Helms

Abstract: Based on data from a sample of 120 Mexican immigrant couples, this study tested an estimated actor-partner interdependence model (APIM) in which the linkages between spouses’ perceptions of marital quality (i.e., marital warmth and marital negativity), spousal incongruence in familism attitudes, and spouses’ coparenting satisfaction were examined. The model simultaneously explored the moderating effects of spouses’ incongruence in familism attitudes, a key Latino cultural value that reflects family cohesion, obligations, and interdependence. Results showed significant actor effects from marital warmth to coparenting satisfaction. Wives’ marital warmth was associated with higher levels of wives’ coparenting satisfaction and husbands’ marital warmth was associated with higher levels of husbands’ coparenting satisfaction. A significant interaction qualified the actor effect for wives’ marital warmth to her coparenting satisfaction. Spouses’ incongruence in familism attitudes moderated this association indicating that the expected positive association between wives’ marital warmth and her coparenting satisfaction was present only for couples with low spousal incongruence in familism attitudes (i.e., couples in which spouses are in close agreement on familism attitudes). Marital negativity and incongruence on familism attitudes were not significantly related to spouses’ coparenting satisfaction. Findings underscore the link between spouses’ marital warmth and their coparenting satisfaction and suggest that effective coparenting is nested within the context of a warm and supportive relationship.

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Language: English
Date: 2015
Actor Partner Interdependence Model, Coparenting Satisfaction, Familism, Marital Negativity, Marital Warmth, Mexican Spouses
Man-woman relationships $z North Carolina
Marital quality
Spouses $x Psychology

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