Changes in the marital relationship after the first baby is born: predicting the impact of expectancy disconfirmation.

@article{Hackel1992ChangesIT,
  title={Changes in the marital relationship after the first baby is born: predicting the impact of expectancy disconfirmation.},
  author={L S Hackel and Diane N. Ruble},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1992},
  volume={62 6},
  pages={
          944-57
        }
}
A longitudinal study of 50 couples during the transition to first parenthood examined how failure to confirm expectations regarding the sharing of child-care and housekeeping responsibilities influenced postpartum reports of marital satisfaction. On the basis of recent theories of expectancy confirmation processes, 5 variables representing strength and importance were identified as possible moderators. As predicted, disconfirmation of stronger and more important expectations generally led to… CONTINUE READING
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