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.
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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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