From partnership to parenthood: A Review of Marital Change Across the Transition to Parenthood

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E. Kluwer

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The transition to parenthood is generally seen
as one of the most challenging events in the
early stages of marriage. But is it really that
detrimental for marriage and do all couples go
through the same changes? This article provides
a state-of-the-art review of research on marital
change across the transition to parenthood. I
first address to what extent the transition to
parenthood affects the partner relationship. I
then consider factors that explain why some
couples fare better or worse than others across
the transition to parenthood. Two factors that
play a central role are (1) adaptive processes
and (2) personal and situational characteristics.
Finally, this article builds an evidence-based
case for an integrative model of the transition to




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