This prospective study was conducted to identify work, health, and social predictors of partner satisfaction at 6 months postpartum. Surveys were completed by 261 expectant fathers and mothers (128 couples) during pregnancy and at 6-months postpartum. Both fathers and mothers experienced significant postpartum declines in partner satisfaction and caring. Postpartum partner satisfaction was related to partners' expressions of caring and mental health, and to several work characteristics, including parents' contributions to housework, satisfaction with housework sharing, and fathers' having reasonable (instead of excessive) workloads.
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The authors acknowledge Anne Marie Weber-Main, PhD, for her critical review of manuscript drafts and editorial assistance. This study was supported by the University of Minnesota Graduate School and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
- Marital satisfaction