In her review of Strengthening Couple Relationships for Optimal Child Development: Lessons From Research and Intervention edited by Schulz, Pruett, Kerig, and Parke, Sherri Fisher refers to the empirical finding that marriage satisfaction declines after the birth of a child and tends to remain low during the early years of the child's life. The authors of the edited book discuss the implications of couple relationships for parenting and child development, key determinants of couple functioning, and strategies for promoting healthy couple relationships. Given the importance that the quality of couples' relationships has for child development, Fisher ponders the idea of incorporating couples' interventions with childbirth classes. Is this a good strategy? What other approaches might be effective for preparing couples for parenthood and for helping them maintain a strong relationship?
By Sherri Fisher
PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(14)