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Title:The Transition to Coparenthood: Influences on the Development of the Parenting Partnership
Author(s):Schoppe-Sullivan, Sarah Jane
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Mangelsdorf, Sarah C.
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Psychology, Developmental
Abstract:This study investigated factors that contribute to the development of parenting partnerships across the transition to parenthood. The potential roles of expectant parents' personal characteristics, relationship characteristics, and beliefs and expectations about parenthood were examined in relation to parents' perceptions of the quality of their parenting alliance and the quality of observed coparenting behavior. Thirty-nine expectant couples expecting their first child together completed questionnaires and were observed interacting together during the third trimester of the pregnancy; the same couples completed additional questionnaires and were observed interacting together with their infants when they were 3.5 months old. The results of this study point to several important and unique harbingers of the quality of developing parenting partnerships: expectant fathers' personalities, expectant parents' perceptions of childhood relationships with their own mothers, partners' prebirth projections about their parenting alliance, and partners' agreement/disagreement about plans for childcare and paternal role investments, as well as qualities of the preexisiting couple relationship. Importantly, the predictors of perceptions of parenting alliance and coparenting behavior were somewhat different. Taken together, these findings highlight the complex nature of parenting partnership development during the period of early family formation.
Issue Date:2003
Description:164 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3101963
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2003

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