Adult attachment orientations and well-being during the transition to parenthood

Jeffry A. Simpson, W. Steven Rholes

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In this article, we discuss theory and research on how people who have different adult romantic attachment orientations fare across one of life's often happiest, but also most chronically stressful, events — the transition to parenthood. We first discuss central principles of attachment theory and then review empirical research revealing how two types of attachment insecurity — anxiety and avoidance — tend to prospectively predict unique patterns of relational and personal outcomes across this often challenging life event. We also suggest how many of these findings can be understood within a diathesis-stress process model that has guided our own research on the transition to parenthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-52
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
StatePublished - Feb 2019

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Funding Information:
Some of the research reported in this article was support by National Institute of Mental Health grant R01-MH49599 to Jeffry A Simpson and W Steven Rholes.

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© 2018 Elsevier Ltd


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