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    Attachment matching and coparental interactions in same-sex and different-sex couples planning parenthood

    Miscioscia, M. and De Carli, P. and Sacchi, C. and Tasker, Fiona and Simonelli, A. (2021) Attachment matching and coparental interactions in same-sex and different-sex couples planning parenthood. In: Kuersten-Hogan, R. and McHale, J.P. (eds.) Prenatal Family Dynamics - Couple and Coparenting Relationships During and Postpregnancy. New York, U.S.: Springer, pp. 153-179. ISBN 9783030519872.

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    The present study focuses upon an early step in the transition to parenthood when partners start to plan their pregnancies. We aim to understand the determinants of coparenting in a triadic interactive system prior to conception, exploring the role of partners’ attachment histories in their coordination of pre-conception coparenting behaviours. We also wondered how dyadic adjustment of the conjugal couple might interact with partners’ attachment similarity in predicting coparenting behaviour. We recruited 111 unmarried Lesbian, Gay and Heterosexuals couples across Italy (N = 49) and Belgium (N = 62), resulting in 222 total participants (64 Gay; 62 Lesbians; 96 Heterosexuals). For each couple, we computed a Couple Average Attachment Security (CAAS) score and a Couple Difference in Attachment Security (CDAS) score. Our results revealed a significant interaction effect between couples’ average attachment security and their intra-couple differences in attachment security. We found that partners’ average level of attachment security impacted their pre-conception coparental alliance, only when both partners had similar levels of attachment security. Results showed that similar patterns of attachment security between partners predicted the quality of coparental interactions irrespective of whether the potential parenting couple comprised two mothers, two fathers or a heterosexual mother and father.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Coparenting, Attachment, Prenatal Lausanne Trilogue Play, Coparental Intuitive Interactions, Same-sex Couples, Pre-conception Family Alliance, Couple relationship
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Children, Families and Social Issues, Institute for the Study of (Closed)
    Depositing User: Fiona Tasker
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 19:51
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:00


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