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Marital Satisfaction in Pregnancy: Stability and Change

Lonnie R. Snowden, Tracy L. Schott, Suzanne J. Awalt and Jo Gillis-Knox
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 50, No. 2 (May, 1988), pp. 325-333
DOI: 10.2307/352000
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352000
Page Count: 9
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Marital Satisfaction in Pregnancy: Stability and Change
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Abstract

Marital satisfaction was studied in a sample of 106 women recruited at a military medical center and evaluated both early and late in pregnancy. An explanatory model was evaluated with regard to (a) sociodemographic factors; (b) coping resources (self-confidence, previous children, religious participation); and (c) pregnancy decision-making (wantedness, intendedness, and spousal disagreement). Two medical indicators, hospitalization and general health, were considered as potential consequences of marital dissatisfaction. Results indicated that with sociodemographic variables controlled, coping resources and pregnancy decision-making were related to marital satisfaction both early and late in the pregnancy. At the same time, marital satisfaction itself remained consistent, both for individuals and for the group. Insofar as marital satisfaction of individuals changed, it was associated with two experiences: (a) first time parenthood and (b) participation in religious activities. Marital satisfaction late in pregnancy was related to hospitalization and general perception of health such that declining marital satisfaction was linked to health status.

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