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Partner predictors of marital aggression across the transition to parenthood: an I3 approach

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posted on 01.05.2019, 00:00 authored by J Eller, Emma MarshallEmma Marshall, W S Rholes, G Vieth, J A Simpson
© The Author(s) 2018. The stress that arises during the transition to parenthood often places significant strain on marriages that can result in marital problems such as aggression victimization. In this research, we use an I 3 framework to identify specific partner variables that are likely to promote physical aggression victimization across the transition to parenthood. Examining both intercepts (i.e., mean levels of aggression victimization estimated at childbirth) and slopes (e.g., changes in aggression victimization estimated over time), we find support for a three-way interaction anticipated by the I 3 framework. Specifically, male partners were more likely to report being the victim of aggression at childbirth and also during the 24 months that followed when their female partner reported experiencing greater parental stress (an instigator to aggression in the I 3 framework), greater relationship-specific attachment avoidance (an impellor to aggression), and lower relationship satisfaction (the lack of an inhibitor to aggression). Implications for the prevention of marital aggression associated with these I 3 factors are discussed.

History

Journal

Journal of social and personal relationships

Volume

36

Issue

5

Pagination

1491 - 1508

Publisher

Sage Publications

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0265-4075

eISSN

1460-3608

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, The Authors