Perception of family sense of coherence during parental transition: A qualitative study

Fei Wan Ngai, Pui Sze Chan

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This study described the perspectives and interplay of factors affecting the family sense of coherence of Chinese couples during the perinatal period. We adopted a grounded theory approach and conducted semi-structured interviews with 36 Chinese couples during pregnancy and at 2–3 months postpartum. Four major themes emerged involving meaningfulness, comprehensibility, and manageability of new parenthood and factors affecting the family sense of coherence. The strong sense of family unity and harmony embedded in the Confucian philosophy and the collective coping, in particular the strong social support network, seemed to contribute to couple’s experience of new parenthood as meaningful, comprehensible, and manageable.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2020


  • Chinese couples
  • family sense of coherence
  • parental transition
  • qualitative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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