Adult attachment and marital interaction as predictors of whole family interactions during the transition to parenthood.

TitleAdult attachment and marital interaction as predictors of whole family interactions during the transition to parenthood.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsPaley, B, Cox MJ, Kanoy KW, Harter KSM, Burchinal M, Margand NA
JournalJournal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43)
Volume19
Issue3
Pagination420-9
Date Published2005 Sep
ISSN0893-3200
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Analysis of Variance, Conflict (Psychology), Family Relations, Female, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Interview, Psychological, Life Change Events, Male, Marriage, Parents, Personality Assessment, Postpartum Period, Predictive Value of Tests, Sex Factors, Social Adjustment, Social Behavior
Abstract

This study examined the role of parental adult attachment and couples' prenatal and postnatal marital interactions in predicting the quality of family interactions 24 months after the birth of the couple's first child. Father's prenatal marital withdrawal and mother's postnatal marital withdrawal were associated with less adaptive family interactions at 24 months. Families with fathers who had an insecure attachment, as assessed by the Adult Attachment Interview, showed less positive and more negative interactions at 24 months, but only when there were higher levels of negative escalation in the couple's marriage prenatally. Findings are discussed in terms of the importance of exploring the transition to parenthood at the broader family level.

DOI10.1111/j.1530-0277.2011.01591.x
Alternate JournalJ Fam Psychol