Perceived Fairness and Relationship Satisfaction During the Transition to Parenthood: The Mediating Role of Spousal Support

Alexandra Chong, Kristin Mickelson

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Abstract

The current study examined the influence of perceived fairness of household labor and childcare on relationship satisfaction among new parents. Emotional spousal support and negative spousal interactions were analyzed as potential mediators, using cross-sectional and longitudinal data from couples transitioning to parenthood (N = 92). At 9 months postpartum, mothers’ perceived fairness of household labor and childcare were related to their relationship satisfaction through emotional spousal support. Negative interactions mediated the association between mothers’ perceived fairness of childcare and relationship satisfaction, concurrently and longitudinally across the transition. For fathers, there was no evidence of mediation. However, spousal effects of fathers’ perceived fairness of childcare on mothers’ relationship satisfaction was found longitudinally. Overall, the results demonstrate the importance of emotional spousal support and negative spousal interactions when understanding the influence of new mothers’ perceived fairness of family labor on their relationship satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-28
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • parenthood
  • perceived fairness
  • relationship satisfaction
  • spousal support

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Perceived Fairness and Relationship Satisfaction During the Transition to Parenthood : The Mediating Role of Spousal Support. / Chong, Alexandra; Mickelson, Kristin.

In: Journal of Family Issues, Vol. 37, No. 1, 01.01.2016, p. 3-28.

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