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Title: The Interplay of Couple Time Spent Together and Relationship Quality Across the Transition to Parenthood
Creators: Nedorost, Laura
Advisor: Kamp Dush, Claire; Schoppe Sullivan, Sarah
Issue Date: 2011-06
Abstract: Researchers have been speculating that individuals and couples are becoming increasingly isolated (Amato, Booth, Johnson, Rogers, 2005; Putnam, 2000). Yet, there is very little empirical evidence about the kinds of time that couples spend together. Further, social science research has examined how couples adjust to the transition to parenthood (Bouchard, Lachance-Grzela, & Gougen, 2008; Claxton & Perry-Jenkins, 2008; Doss et al., 2009; Twenge, Campbell, & Foster, 2003), but almost no research has linked the change in couples’ relationship quality across the transition to parenthood to the time couples spend together. The purpose of this paper was to see how couples spent leisure time together after the birth of their first child, specifically leisure time. The study also examined whether types of leisure explained the change in couples’ relationship quality across the transition to parenthood. Data were used from the New Parents Project, a study of 182 dual earner, first-time parents. Results indicated that mothers with more active and passive leisure time with their spouses at three months post-partum reported higher relationship quality. Fathers reported higher relationship satisfaction when they shared more hours of passive leisure with their partners and lower relationship satisfaction if a greater proportion of their active leisure time was spent with only their partner and the baby was not present.
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Series/Report no.: The Ohio State University. Department of Human Development and Family Science Honors Theses; 2011
Keywords: leisure
time
transition
parenthood
Sponsors: National Science Foundation (CAREER 0746548 to Sarah J. Schoppe-Sullivan)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (1K01HD056238 to Claire M. Kamp Dush)
The Ohio State University’s Initiative in Population Research with core funding from NICHD (R24 HD058484, 1 R21 HD047943-01)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/48874
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