This study focuses on the changes in perception of dyadic adjustment following childbirth and on the role of attachment (as a risk or protection factor) in the way partners adjust to this stressful event. Four attachment configurations were analyzed which emerged from the concordance or discordance between the ‘‘generalized’’ and the ‘‘specific’’ states of mind in the individual, and a longitudinal and cross-sectional study on N = 206 participants (104 ‘‘new-parents’’ and 102 ‘‘nonparents by choice’’) was then implemented. These results showed that individuals who became parents had lower dyadic adjustment levels than nonparents (Lrtest = 395.03; p < .001). This decline in values seemed to be more pronounced for the ‘‘affectional expression’’ subscale (b = 3.69) and suggests that in our sample the expression of love toward a partner might be particularly subject to stress due to the arrival of a child. Considering the role played in the attachment configuration of each individual, a significant effect upon InsecureGEN/InsecureSPEC individuals was found (p = .015). This then would seem to indicate that these individuals might be more vulnerable to perceiving worse adjustment levels during the transition to first-time parenthood.

Adjustment of Couples Following Childbirth The Role of Generalized and Specific States of Mind in an Italian Sample / Velotti, Patrizia; Rosetta, Castellano; Zavattini, Giulio Cesare. - In: EUROPEAN PSYCHOLOGIST. - ISSN 1016-9040. - 16:1(2011), pp. 1-10. [10.1027/1016-9040/a000022]

Adjustment of Couples Following Childbirth The Role of Generalized and Specific States of Mind in an Italian Sample

Patrizia Velotti;ZAVATTINI, Giulio Cesare
2011

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This study focuses on the changes in perception of dyadic adjustment following childbirth and on the role of attachment (as a risk or protection factor) in the way partners adjust to this stressful event. Four attachment configurations were analyzed which emerged from the concordance or discordance between the ‘‘generalized’’ and the ‘‘specific’’ states of mind in the individual, and a longitudinal and cross-sectional study on N = 206 participants (104 ‘‘new-parents’’ and 102 ‘‘nonparents by choice’’) was then implemented. These results showed that individuals who became parents had lower dyadic adjustment levels than nonparents (Lrtest = 395.03; p < .001). This decline in values seemed to be more pronounced for the ‘‘affectional expression’’ subscale (b = 3.69) and suggests that in our sample the expression of love toward a partner might be particularly subject to stress due to the arrival of a child. Considering the role played in the attachment configuration of each individual, a significant effect upon InsecureGEN/InsecureSPEC individuals was found (p = .015). This then would seem to indicate that these individuals might be more vulnerable to perceiving worse adjustment levels during the transition to first-time parenthood.
specific attachment, generalized attachment, dyadic adjustment, first-time parenthood
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Adjustment of Couples Following Childbirth The Role of Generalized and Specific States of Mind in an Italian Sample / Velotti, Patrizia; Rosetta, Castellano; Zavattini, Giulio Cesare. - In: EUROPEAN PSYCHOLOGIST. - ISSN 1016-9040. - 16:1(2011), pp. 1-10. [10.1027/1016-9040/a000022]
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