The Spillover of Child-Related Stress into Parents' Relationship Mediated by Couple Communication

Zemp M, Nussbeck FW, Cummings EM, Bodenmann G (2017)
FAMILY RELATIONS 66(2): 317-330.

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Objective: The present study examines the impact of parents' perceptions of child-related stress on observed couple communication and their self-reported relationship satisfaction. Background: A considerable body of evidence indicates that challenges related to raising children can negatively affect parents' interactions and relationship satisfaction. Although some potentially underlying mechanisms have been explored in previous research, questions about the potential effect of child-related stress on the interparental relationship remain open. Method: Parents' perceptions of child-related stress and relationship satisfaction were assessed in a convenience sample of 118 parental couples living in Switzerland. Additionally, the couples participated in a conflict conversation task to obtain an observational measure of couples' communication quality. Data were analyzed with an actor-partner interdependence mediation model. Results: Child-related stress among parents was directly linked to lower relationship satisfaction in both partners and one partner's child-related stress was associated with the other partner's communication quality. The mediation analysis revealed that high levels of child-related stress were linked with relationship satisfaction by impairing the other partner's communication quality. Conclusion: The study suggests that child-related stress is among the challenges that may impair parents' relationship quality, partially mediated through worsened couple communication.
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Zemp M, Nussbeck FW, Cummings EM, Bodenmann G. The Spillover of Child-Related Stress into Parents' Relationship Mediated by Couple Communication. FAMILY RELATIONS. 2017;66(2):317-330.
Zemp, M., Nussbeck, F. W., Cummings, E. M., & Bodenmann, G. (2017). The Spillover of Child-Related Stress into Parents' Relationship Mediated by Couple Communication. FAMILY RELATIONS, 66(2), 317-330. doi:10.1111/fare.12244
Zemp, M., Nussbeck, F. W., Cummings, E. M., and Bodenmann, G. (2017). The Spillover of Child-Related Stress into Parents' Relationship Mediated by Couple Communication. FAMILY RELATIONS 66, 317-330.
Zemp, M., et al., 2017. The Spillover of Child-Related Stress into Parents' Relationship Mediated by Couple Communication. FAMILY RELATIONS, 66(2), p 317-330.
M. Zemp, et al., “The Spillover of Child-Related Stress into Parents' Relationship Mediated by Couple Communication”, FAMILY RELATIONS, vol. 66, 2017, pp. 317-330.
Zemp, M., Nussbeck, F.W., Cummings, E.M., Bodenmann, G.: The Spillover of Child-Related Stress into Parents' Relationship Mediated by Couple Communication. FAMILY RELATIONS. 66, 317-330 (2017).
Zemp, Martina, Nussbeck, Fridtjof W., Cummings, E. Mark, and Bodenmann, Guy. “The Spillover of Child-Related Stress into Parents' Relationship Mediated by Couple Communication”. FAMILY RELATIONS 66.2 (2017): 317-330.
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