When Partners Become Parents: The Big Life Change for Couples

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CHAPTER 2 TO BE OR NOT TO BE A PARENT
1.
The coding scheme was created by Jessica Ball who, with Frank Jaffe, rated the responses. The ratings revealed that husbands and wives showed substantial agreement in their problem-solving accounts (r = .65).
2.
Although men do not have a monopoly on ambivalence about or opposition to parenthood, we were not likely to encounter women who still had a strong negative reaction to becoming a parent in the third trimester of pregnancy. Warren Miller's study ( 1978) shows that as the pregnancy progresses, women shift increasingly toward wanting the baby, regardless of whether conception was intended. In our study, men's ambivalence during pregnancy about becoming a parent was one of the strongest predictors of their own and their wives' later symptoms of depression, parenting stress, and marital dissatisfaction ( Heming 1985, 1987).

CHAPTER 4 WHAT'S HAPPENING TO ME?
1.
We use a standardized questionnaire created for our research called The Pie ( Cowan and Cowan 1990a) with circles 4 inches in diameter.
2.
Analyses of change from pregnancy until eighteen months after birth are based on data from forty-seven couples who became parents (twenty-three couples who participated in groups and twenty-four couples who filled out questionnaires both before and after the birth of their babies) and fifteen couples who remained

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