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Impact of Expectations, Experiences, Attributions, and Perceptions on Relationship Satisfaction Across the Transition to Parenthood

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dc.contributor.advisor Heyman, Richard E. en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Slep, Amy en_US
dc.contributor.author Mitnick, Danielle en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Clinical Psychology en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-15T18:05:09Z
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-24T14:52:51Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-15T18:05:09Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-24T14:52:51Z
dc.date.issued 2010-08-01 en_US
dc.identifier Mitnick_grad.sunysb_0771E_10200.pdf en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/55554 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/72611 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study examined whether violations of partner expectations, and attributions and perceptions of these violations are associated with relationship satisfaction across the transition to parenthood. First-time parents completed mail-in packets during pregnancy (T1; n = 146 males, n = 151 females) and when their babies were 3-5 months (T2; n = 100 males, n = 108 females). Multi-level modeling accounted for non-independence of the dyadic data. Results indicate a significant decrease in relationship satisfaction. A significant interaction between expectations and experiences on T2 relationship satisfaction was found, such that the negative relationship between expectations and relationship satisfaction is worse when experiences are poorer. There was a significant positive relationship between perceptions and T2 relationship satisfaction. A significant interaction between expectations, experiences, and perception on T2 relationship satisfaction was found, indicating crossover effects. When one's high expectations are met with poorer experiences, positive perceptions somewhat buffer the detrimental impact on relationship satisfaction. Likewise, when one's low expectations are surpassed with positive experiences having a positive perception yields higher relationship satisfaction than having a more negative perception of the same circumstances. A significant positive relationship between benign attributions and T2 relationship satisfaction was also found. Clinical and research implications are discussed. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Psychology, Clinical en_US
dc.subject.other attributions, expectations, experiences, perceptions, relationship satisfaction, transition to parenthood en_US
dc.title Impact of Expectations, Experiences, Attributions, and Perceptions on Relationship Satisfaction Across the Transition to Parenthood en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Joanne Davila en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Anne Moyer en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Cecilia Avila. en_US


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