Before children

Preparenthood cognitions of distressed and husband-to-wife aggressive couples

Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling, Richard Heyman, Karin Schlee, K. Daniel O'Leary

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Positive and negative cognitions about parenthood were assessed in a sample of recently married childless spouses who were in nondistressed, distressed, and husband-to-wife (H-to-W) aggressive marriages (328 husbands and 331 wives). As predicted, maritally distressed spouses held more negative cognitions about parenthood than did nondistressed spouses. Results indicated that spouses in H-to-W aggressive marriages expected parenthood to be a more unpredictable and difficult job than spouses in marriages not involving H-to-W aggression. Wives also reported more fears that having a child would result in a loss of freedom than did husbands. No distress, H-to-W aggression level, or gender differences were obtained for positive preparenthood cognitions. Finally, wives' but not husbands' positive and negative preparenthood cognitions at 6 months of marriage were able to predict parenthood status at 30 months of marriage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-187
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume11
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1997

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Before children : Preparenthood cognitions of distressed and husband-to-wife aggressive couples. / Langhinrichsen-Rohling, Jennifer; Heyman, Richard; Schlee, Karin; O'Leary, K. Daniel.

In: Journal of Family Psychology, Vol. 11, No. 2, 06.1997, p. 176-187.

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Langhinrichsen-Rohling, J, Heyman, R, Schlee, K & O'Leary, KD 1997, 'Before children: Preparenthood cognitions of distressed and husband-to-wife aggressive couples', Journal of Family Psychology, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 176-187.
Langhinrichsen-Rohling, Jennifer ; Heyman, Richard ; Schlee, Karin ; O'Leary, K. Daniel. / Before children : Preparenthood cognitions of distressed and husband-to-wife aggressive couples. In: Journal of Family Psychology. 1997 ; Vol. 11, No. 2. pp. 176-187.
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