Changes Of Relationship Satisfaction Across The Transition Of Parenthood : A Meta Analysis

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Mitnick, D. M., Heyman, R. E., & Smith, S. A. M. (December 01, 2009). Changes in relationship satisfaction across the transition to parenthood: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 6, 848-852. doi:10.1037/a0017004
The authors, researchers at the Stony Brook University and State University of New York, use data from 37 studies that followed couples from pregnancy to then the birth of their first child and four studies that followed newlywed couples who did not have children. These couples were compared to test the authors’ hypothesis that there will be a decrease in relationship satisfaction from pregnancy to early parenthood versus no change for the newlywed childless couples. They find their hypothesis to be incorrect. The meta-analysis study shows significant declines in relationship satisfaction for both partners from pregnancy to eleven months after birth of their first child. Additionally, this study reveals that studies of the newlywed couples that did not become parents experience a similar decrease in relationship satisfaction. The scarcity of the newlywed couple studies, lack of generalizability, inability to affirm long term effects, and the “file-drawer problem” were limitations of this study. This study has been cited 35 times according to the Scopus database.
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