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Parenthood, Transition to

  • By: Jay Belsky
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Prior to the transition to parenthood, the nuclear family is synonymous with the marital dyad. With the arrival of another individual—a first child—the family system increases in complexity. As one new, relatively helpless individual is added to the preexisting marriage/partnership, ...

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