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Diaper changes, endless domestic chores, and lack of sleep—to name a few—are all stressors that couples face when they transition to parenthood. Investigator has found that this transition doesn't always mean relationship satisfaction and commitment declines.

The objective was to provide a more comprehensive understanding of couple relationship satisfaction, commitment, and the dynamic between the two over the transition to parenthood.

Researchers conducted dyadic latent class growth analyses (DLCGA), assessing variability in relationship satisfaction and commitment trajectories across six time-points (two prenatal) for 203 couples expecting their first child, through 12?months postpartum.

They identified four couple classes for relationship satisfaction and three couple classes for relationship commitment.

- There were 46% of couples who retained high satisfaction and commitment and another 35% of couples who retained moderately high satisfaction and high commitment.

- Couples reporting lower attachment avoidance, higher relational self-expansion, and higher perceived partner commitment during pregnancy were more likely to be in classes that maintained high relationship satisfaction and commitment during the transition.

The results contrast the prevailing narrative about relational declines during the transition to parenthood. Many couples retain high satisfaction and commitment into the first year of parenthood, with declines driven primarily by a minority of couples. Couples' commitment was particularly likely to be high and stable throughout the transition.

Journal of Marriage and Family