First time parents' perceptions of their relationship across the transition to parenthood

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Williams, Fatima en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Jankelson-Groll, Cheryl Maryilyn en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-26T14:08:17Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-26T14:08:17Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Jankelson-Groll, C. 2014. First time parents' perceptions of their relationship across the transition to parenthood. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/12853
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The transition to parenthood is a time of heightened risk for marital distress due to the changes and demands experienced by new parents. The quality of the marital relationship has an influence on child development and on adult well-being. The aim of this study was to investigate the changes in the marital relationship when couples became parents._ and to understand how these changes impacted on the marital relationship. Factors that alleviated or exacerbated the negative effects of this transition on the couple relationship were identified and discussed. Data was collected from first-time parents using an exploratory qualitative method. Participants in heterosexual marriages with a baby aged between 3 months to a year were recruited, using non-probability purposive sampling, followed by snowball sampling. Nine couples were recruited through midwives and doulas in private practice and through their clients. Individual face to face interviews were conducted using an interview schedule as a guideline. The interviews were recorded electronically, transcribed and analysed following Tesch’s (2009) method of data analysis. The findings reflect high levels of overall marital satisfaction both before and after the transition to parenthood amongst many participants. At the same time, participants reported negative changes in certain aspects of their relationship. Protective and risk factors were identified for the marital relationship across the transition to parenthood. Recommendations were made to various stakeholders, as well as for future research. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Social Work en_ZA
dc.title First time parents' perceptions of their relationship across the transition to parenthood en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Social Development en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSc en_ZA
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