First and Second-Time Parents’ Couple Relationship

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Publication Details

Subtitle: From Pregnancy to Second Year Postpartum
Author list: Figueiredo, B., & Conde, A.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles
Publication year: 2015
Volume number: 6
Start page: 346
End page: 355
Number of pages: 10
ISSN: 1942-4620
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


First- and second-time parents’ couple relationships were studied from
early pregnancy to the second year postpartum. The Relationship
Questionnaire (RQ) was administered to Portuguese couples (N = 82),
first- or second-time parents, at the first, second and third pregnancy
trimester, childbirth, 3 and 18 months postpartum. Adverse changes in
positive and negative partner relationship dimensions were reported from
early pregnancy to the second year postpartum by all participants; in
the same way by mothers and fathers and by first- and second-time
parents. Second-time parents reported a worse couple relationship (lower
RQ-positive scores) than first-time parents, but only during pregnancy.
Results from the present study suggest a decline in partner
relationship quality during the transition to parenthood both in mothers
and fathers, as well as in first- and second-time parents.


Gender differences, Marital satisfaction, Parenthood, Pregnancy


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