His, hers, or theirs? Hope as a dyadic resource in early parenthood

Tara Zahavi-Lupo, Gal Lazarus, Rony Pshedetzky-Shochat, Eran Bar-Kalifa, Elad Refoua, Marci E.J. Gleason, Eshkol Rafaeli

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Abstract

Hope is a mental resource and a robust predictor of well-being, which allows individuals to better cope with hardship. Little is known about dyadic hope–i.e., hope serving as a joint resource within intimate relationships. We examined dyadic hope in a sample of 100 couples in early parenthood, a challenging though common phase in couples’ lives. Three months after becoming parents, both partners completed daily diaries for 3 weeks, reporting their daily hope, stressors, and three types of outcomes: individual, relational, and parental. Using multilevel actor-partner interdependence models, we found that greater hope (both daily and person-level) was positively associated with better actor and partner outcomes of all three kinds. Additionally, hope buffered various daily stressors. Our results show that hope is a personal and shared resource for couples in this pivotal juncture, and thus may constitute a target for future interventions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Positive Psychology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Hope
  • actor-partner interdependence model
  • daily diary
  • early parenthood
  • transition to parenthood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)

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