Family process: Early child emotionality, parenting stress, and couple relationship quality

M. Blake Berryhill, Kristy L. Soloski, Jared A. Durtschi, Rebekah Reyes Adams

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Abstract

Guided by family systems theory, we used couple data (N = 1,778) from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study to examine the link between perceived infant negative emotionality, parenting stress, and couple relationship quality when the child was 1, 3, and 5 years. Using a latent actor-partner interdependence model, we tested dyadic direct and indirect effects for married and cohabiting couples. Parents who reported higher levels of perceived infant negative emotionality at age 1 had higher parenting stress at age 3. Mothers' and fathers' parenting stress at age 3 predicted lower levels of their own couple relationship quality and their partner's relationship quality at age 5. Parenting stress mediated the relation between perceived infant emotionality and couple relationship quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-41
Number of pages19
JournalPersonal Relationships
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

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