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Daily self-esteem and relationship quality in first-time parents


Willms, Jamila; Weber, Elisa; van Scheppingen, Manon; Bleidorn, Wiebke (2023). Daily self-esteem and relationship quality in first-time parents. Journal of Research in Personality, 105:104395.

Abstract

Do people feel better about themselves on days when they are more satisfied with their relationship? This study addressed this question in a sample of 238 first-time parents who provided daily reports of their self-esteem and relationship quality 6 weeks before, 6 months after, and 18 months after the birth of their first child. Consistent with theory and between-person evidence, we found both mothers and fathers to have higher self-esteem on days when they were more satisfied with their relationship than on an average day. The link between daily relationship quality and self-esteem was robust across the transition to parenthood and generalized across people with different levels of dispositional self-esteem and ages.

Abstract

Do people feel better about themselves on days when they are more satisfied with their relationship? This study addressed this question in a sample of 238 first-time parents who provided daily reports of their self-esteem and relationship quality 6 weeks before, 6 months after, and 18 months after the birth of their first child. Consistent with theory and between-person evidence, we found both mothers and fathers to have higher self-esteem on days when they were more satisfied with their relationship than on an average day. The link between daily relationship quality and self-esteem was robust across the transition to parenthood and generalized across people with different levels of dispositional self-esteem and ages.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Social Psychology
Social Sciences & Humanities > General Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Self-esteem, Relationship quality, Within-person, Multilevel, Parenthood
Language:English
Date:1 August 2023
Deposited On:18 Aug 2023 09:58
Last Modified:30 Mar 2024 04:32
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0092-6566
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2023.104395
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)