Promoting a positive transition to parenthood: A randomized clinical trial of couple relationship education

Halford, W. Kim, Petch, Jemima and Creedy, Debra K. (2010) Promoting a positive transition to parenthood: A randomized clinical trial of couple relationship education. Prevention Science, 11 1: 89-100. doi:10.1007/s11121-009-0152-y

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Author Halford, W. Kim
Petch, Jemima
Creedy, Debra K.
Title Promoting a positive transition to parenthood: A randomized clinical trial of couple relationship education
Journal name Prevention Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1389-4986
1573-6695
Publication date 2010-03-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11121-009-0152-y
Volume 11
Issue 1
Start page 89
End page 100
Total pages 12
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The transition to parenthood is often associated with a decline in couple relationship adjustment. Couples (n = 71) expecting their first child were randomly assigned to either: (a) Becoming a Parent (BAP), a maternal parenting education program; or (b) Couple CARE for Parents (CCP), a couple relationship and parenting education program. Couples were assessed pre-intervention (last trimester of pregnancy), post-intervention (5 months postpartum), and follow-up (12 months postpartum). Relative to BAP, CCP reduced negative couple communication from pre- to post-intervention, and prevented erosion of relationship adjustment and self-regulation in women but not men from pre-intervention to follow-up. Mean parenting stress reflected positive adjustment to parenthood with no differences between BAP and CCP. CCP shows promise as a brief program that can enhance couple communication and women's adjustment to parenthood.
© Society for Prevention Research 2009.
Keyword Relationship adjustment
Parenthood
Maternal parenting education
Intervention program
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 15 October 2009. This research was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia grant entitled "Promoting a positive transition to parenthood" awarded to W. Kim Halford and Debra K. Creedy.

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