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Stephenson, J. 2019. Interparental Control During Pregnancy Predicts Parental Control Directed Toward Infants. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Jaime Stephenson 2019.


Examining the relationship between interparental respect and acceptance and the parent-child relationship at age one is important because (a) children’s social and moral adjustment is in a critical stage of development and (b) functioning in the interparental relationship during pregnancy is expected to “set the stage” for functioning in the developing parent-child relationship during this period. The purpose of this study was to explore how prenatal respect and acceptance domains in intimate relationships eventually impacts the parent-child relationship regarding power assertion and control by the parent. Predictions were that partners reporting less respect and acceptance and higher levels of control in the interparental relationship during pregnancy will exhibit significantly higher levels of power assertion and control during interactions with the child. A majority of the correlations were non-significant, with the extent to which mother's felt freedom to pursue a career being the only significant result. There were sample size limitations and future analyses look promising.