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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: In it Together: Relationship Transitions and Couple Concordance in Health and Well-Being
Authors: Pauly, Theresa
Weber, Elisa
Hoppmann, Christiane A
Gerstorf, Denis
Scholz, Urte
Publication Date: 11-Jul-2023
Abstract: Events that change the family system have the potential to impact couple dynamics such as concordance, that is, partner similarity in health and well-being. This project analyzes longitudinal data (≥ two decades) from both partners of up to 3,501 German and 1,842 Australian couples to investigate how couple concordance in life satisfaction, self-rated health, mental health, and physical health might change with transitioning to parenthood and an empty nest. Results revealed couple concordance in intercepts (averaged r = .52), linear trajectories (averaged r = .55), and wave-specific fluctuations around trajectories (averaged r = .21). Concordance in linear trajectories was stronger after transitions (averaged r = .81) than before transitions (averaged r = .43), whereas no systematic transition-related change in concordance of wave-specific fluctuations was found. Findings emphasize that shared transitions represent windows of change capable of sending couples onto mutual upward or downward trajectories in health and well-being.
DOI: 10.1177/01461672231180450
Keywords: couples; empty nest; health; parenthood; well-being
Research collection: Journal Articles
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