A Randomized Controlled Trial of Brief Coparenting and Relationship Interventions During the Transition to Parenthood

The transition to parenthood has been repeatedly identified as a stressful period, with couples reporting difficulties in domains of individual, coparenting, and relationship functioning. This study developed and tested separate six-hour interventions that focused exclusively on improving either coparenting or relationship functioning. Given similar effects of the two interventions on coparenting and relationship functioning, future dissemination may be enhanced by delivery of coparenting interventions, as coparenting (compared to relationship) interventions seem to attract more interest from couples and are likely easier to integrate into existing services. (Edited author abstract)

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