Enhancing coparenting, parenting, and child self-regulation: Effects of family foundations 1 year after birth

Mark E. Feinberg, Marni L. Kan, Megan C. Goslin

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Abstract

This study investigated whether a psycho-educational program with modest dosage (eight sessions), delivered in a universal framework through childbirth education programs and targeting the coparenting relationship would have a positive impact on observed family interaction and child behavior at 6-month follow-up (child age 1 year). One hundred sixty-nine couples, randomized to intervention and control conditions, participated in videotaped family observation tasks at pretest (during pregnancy) and at child age 1 year (2003-2007). Coparenting, parenting, couple relationship, and child self-regulatory behaviors were coded by teams of raters. Intent-to-treat analyses of program effects controlled for age, education, and social desirability. Evidence of significant (p<0.05) program effects at follow-up emerged in all four domains. Effect sizes ranged from 0.28 to 1.01. Targeting the coparenting relationship at the transition to parenthood represents an effective, non-stigmatizing means of promoting parenting quality and child adjustment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-285
Number of pages10
JournalPrevention Science
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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