Date of Award
Graduate School of Education and Professional Development
Type of Degree
Fred Jay Krieg
Thirty-one married men who were expecting their first child were tested in the first, second, and third trimesters of pregnancy with the Index of Marital Satisfaction to see if the subjects experienced a significant drop in marital satisfaction during the course of pregnancy. Previous research has shown that couples’ marital satisfaction significantly declines after the birth of a baby, but little research has explored the male’s attitudinal change during the pregnancy itself. The current study found that there was no significant change in the subjects’ marital satisfaction from early to late pregnancy. A larger study with a sample more representative of the general population is indicated.
Fathers - Psychology.
Pregnant women - Relations with men.
Hummel, Melanie Ann, "Detecting a Male's Attitudinal Change During the Course of a Partner's Pregnancy Using the Index of Marital Satisfaction" (2002). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 655.