The Role of Dyadic Coping for the Individual and Relational Well-Being of Couples During the Transition to Parenthood

Sara Molgora, Emanuela Saita, Acquati Chiara

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Abstract

Becoming parents represents a potentially stressful transition, which may negatively affect the individual and relational well-being of both partners. Limited literature has investigated the role of dyadic coping during the transition to parenthood. This work explored partners’ differences in dyadic coping, anxiety, depression, and couple adjustment during pregnancy and 3 months postpartum. Furthermore, through Actor–Partner Interdependence Model analyses, the relationship between common dyadic coping and well-being was investigated. Women reported higher levels of depression at both times and men presented higher levels of anxiety in the postpartum. For women, higher scores on couple adjustment were predicted by their own and their partner’s common dyadic coping. For men, higher scores on anxiety were associated with elevated common dyadic coping. Results highlight gender-related predictors on postpartum well-being and support the need to assess individual and relational outcomes across the transition to parenthood to better understand the role of dyadic coping behaviors.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-22
Numero di pagine22
RivistaJournal of Family Issues
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2021

Keywords

  • anxiety symptoms
  • couple adjustment
  • depressive symptoms
  • dyadic coping
  • primiparous couples
  • transition to parenthood

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