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Implicitly imprinting the past on the present: Automatic partner attitudes and the transition to parenthood

Murray, SL and Seery, MD and Lamarche, VM and Kondrak, C and Gomillion, S (2019) 'Implicitly imprinting the past on the present: Automatic partner attitudes and the transition to parenthood.' Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 116 (1). 69 - 100. ISSN 0022-3514

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Abstract

© 2019 American Psychological Association. A new model is proposed to explain how automatic partner attitudes affect how couples cope with major life transitions. The automatic partner attitudes in transition (APAT) model assumes that people simultaneously possess contextualized automatic attitudes toward their partner that can differ substantively in valence pre- and posttransition. It further assumes that evaluatively inconsistent pre- and posttransition automatic partner attitudes elicit heightened behavioral angst or uncertainty, self-protective behavior in response to risk, and relationship distress. A longitudinal study of the transition to first parenthood supported the model. People with evaluatively inconsistent automatic partner attitudes, whether more negative pretransition and positive posttransition, or more positive pretransition and negative posttransition, exhibited heightened evidence of cardiovascular threat discussing conflicts, increased self-protective behavior in response to parenting-related transgressions in daily interaction, and steeper declines in relationship well-being in the year following the transition to parenthood.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 09:05
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2019 17:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21928

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