Family sense of coherence and family and marital functioning across the perinatal period

Fei Wan Ngai, Siew Fei Ngu

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Abstract

Background: A family sense of coherence is central to successfully coping with family stressors and facilitates positive adaptation. Little is known about the implications of family sense of coherence for family adaptation during the transition to parenthood. Objective: The objective of this study was to examine the role of family sense of coherence in family and marital functioning during the perinatal period. Methods: The study used a longitudinal design. A convenience sample of 202 Chinese childbearing couples completed the Medical Outcomes Study Family and Marital Functioning Measures and Family Sense of Coherence Scale during pregnancy, at 6 weeks and at 6 months postpartum. Results: The results showed that the couples experienced a substantial decline in family and marital functioning postpartum and that a strong family sense of coherence was associated with better family and marital functioning in the perinatal period. The levels of family sense of coherence for both mothers and fathers were fairly stable across the perinatal period. Conclusion: The study provides evidence that family sense of coherence plays a significant role in promoting family and marital functioning during the transition to parenthood.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalSexual and Reproductive Healthcare
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Family functioning
  • Family sense of coherence
  • Postpartum
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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