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Co-parenting and marital satisfaction predict maternal internalizing problems when expecting a second child
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-10, 00:29 authored by Sumeyra Yalcintas, Alison PikeAlison Pike
Purpose Internalizing problems during and after pregnancy are important for parenting and child outcomes. The study aimed to understand correlates (i.e., marital satisfaction, co-parenting) of maternal internalizing problems during pregnancy with a second child. Method We investigated levels of depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms of mothers in the third trimester of pregnancy with their second children. Fifty-one mothers and their firstborn children were visited in their homes and mothers completed questionnaires. Results Results showed that co-parenting and marital satisfaction were related to internalizing outcomes. More specifically, co-parenting predicted depression ?and stress ?when controlling for marital satisfaction, whereas marital satisfaction predicted anxiety over co-parenting. Conclusion The findings highlight the importance of studying prenatal internalizing problems differentially and can inform future intervention studies to prevent poor psychological outcomes.
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