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Mother's marital satisfaction associated with the quality of mother-father-child triadic interaction.
Scand J Psychol. 2016 Aug; 57(4):305-12.SJ

Abstract

Low marital satisfaction has been shown to be a risk factor for early parenthood and parent-child relationship problems (Erel & Burman, ; McHale,). The aim of this study was to assess how parental reports of marital satisfaction related to family alliance and coordination in the observed triadic interaction. The study group included 120 families. Marital satisfaction was evaluated during pregnancy, at 4 months, and at 18 months using the Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale (RDAS; Busby, Christensen, Crane & Larsson,) for both parents. Mother-father-child interaction was analyzed in the Lausanne Triadic Play setting and coded using the Family Alliance Assessment Scale (Favez, Lavanchy Scaiola, Tissot, Darwiche & Frascarolo,) when the child reached 18 months of age. The mother's higher marital satisfaction at every measuring point was associated with a cooperative family alliance and/or higher family coordination at 18 months. The father's experience of marital satisfaction was not related to family interaction at any assessment point. Our study suggests that a mother's experience of lower marital satisfaction during pregnancy may be an early sign of later problems in family relationships.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Turku, Turku, Finland. Department of Child Psychiatry, University of Turku, Turku, Finland.Department of Child Psychiatry, University of Turku, Turku, Finland.Department of Child Psychiatry, University of Turku, Turku, Finland.Outpatient Clinic for Children and Adolescents, University of Geneva, Switzerland.Department of Psychology, University of Turku, Turku, Finland. Turku Institute for Child and Youth Research, University of Turku, Finland.Outpatient Clinic for Children and Adolescents, City of Turku, Finland.Department of Psychology, University of Turku, Turku, Finland. Turku Institute for Child and Youth Research, University of Turku, Finland.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27197718

Citation

Korja, Riikka, et al. "Mother's Marital Satisfaction Associated With the Quality of Mother-father-child Triadic Interaction." Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, vol. 57, no. 4, 2016, pp. 305-12.
Korja R, Piha J, Otava R, et al. Mother's marital satisfaction associated with the quality of mother-father-child triadic interaction. Scand J Psychol. 2016;57(4):305-12.
Korja, R., Piha, J., Otava, R., Lavanchy-Scaiola, C., Ahlqvist-Björkroth, S., Aromaa, M., & Räihä, H. (2016). Mother's marital satisfaction associated with the quality of mother-father-child triadic interaction. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 57(4), 305-12. https://doi.org/10.1111/sjop.12294
Korja R, et al. Mother's Marital Satisfaction Associated With the Quality of Mother-father-child Triadic Interaction. Scand J Psychol. 2016;57(4):305-12. PubMed PMID: 27197718.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Mother's marital satisfaction associated with the quality of mother-father-child triadic interaction. AU - Korja,Riikka, AU - Piha,Jorma, AU - Otava,Riia, AU - Lavanchy-Scaiola,Chloe, AU - Ahlqvist-Björkroth,Sari, AU - Aromaa,Minna, AU - Räihä,Hannele, AU - ,, Y1 - 2016/05/20/ PY - 2015/08/12/received PY - 2016/03/23/accepted PY - 2016/5/21/entrez PY - 2016/5/21/pubmed PY - 2017/3/21/medline KW - Triadic family interaction KW - family coordination KW - marital satisfaction KW - transition to parenthood SP - 305 EP - 12 JF - Scandinavian journal of psychology JO - Scand J Psychol VL - 57 IS - 4 N2 - Low marital satisfaction has been shown to be a risk factor for early parenthood and parent-child relationship problems (Erel & Burman, ; McHale,). The aim of this study was to assess how parental reports of marital satisfaction related to family alliance and coordination in the observed triadic interaction. The study group included 120 families. Marital satisfaction was evaluated during pregnancy, at 4 months, and at 18 months using the Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale (RDAS; Busby, Christensen, Crane & Larsson,) for both parents. Mother-father-child interaction was analyzed in the Lausanne Triadic Play setting and coded using the Family Alliance Assessment Scale (Favez, Lavanchy Scaiola, Tissot, Darwiche & Frascarolo,) when the child reached 18 months of age. The mother's higher marital satisfaction at every measuring point was associated with a cooperative family alliance and/or higher family coordination at 18 months. The father's experience of marital satisfaction was not related to family interaction at any assessment point. Our study suggests that a mother's experience of lower marital satisfaction during pregnancy may be an early sign of later problems in family relationships. SN - 1467-9450 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27197718/Mother's_marital_satisfaction_associated_with_the_quality_of_mother_father_child_triadic_interaction_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/sjop.12294 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -