We presented another poster at the Association for Psychological Science in Chicago, IL on measuring growth of marital love across the transition to parenthood with a Bayesian Growth Curve Model.

Interestingly, we found that:

  • Fathers with lower pre-birth positivity experienced decreasing feelings of marital love over the transition to parenthood/
  • Fathers with higher pre-birth positivity experienced stronger feelings of marital love before transition to parenthood.
  • When compared to low initial positivity in marriage, fathers with high-level of positivity experience higher levels of felt love and less decline.