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Married and Cohabiting Finnish First-Time Parents: Differences in Wellbeing, Social Support and Infant Health

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Faculty of Educational Sciences, Siltavuorenpenger 5, P.O. Box 9, University of Helsinki, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
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Swedish School of Social Sciences, Snellmaninkatu 12, P.O. Box 16, University of Helsinki, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
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Faculty of Medicine, Haartmaninkatu 8, P.O. Box 63, University of Helsinki, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
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Faculty of Social Sciences, Unioninkatu 33, P.O. Box 42, University of Helsinki, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
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Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Turku, 20014 Turku, Finland
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Soc. Sci. 2022, 11(4), 181; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11040181
Received: 21 February 2022 / Revised: 9 April 2022 / Accepted: 14 April 2022 / Published: 18 April 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cohabitation: Race, Class, Gender and Nonmarital Unions)
Cohabitation is more common than marriage when couples are expecting their first child in Finland. However, little is known about possible differences in wellbeing between the two groups. In this study, we examined differences in parental wellbeing, relationship satisfaction, infant health outcomes, and use of social support among cohabiting and married first-time parents. Survey data was collected from 903 parents during pregnancy and at one month postpartum. Cohabiting parents had more depressive symptoms than married parents. They were also less satisfied with their relationships and expressed less satisfaction with the quality of support they got from their partner. Cohabiting fathers did not use the cost-free support from maternity clinics as often as married fathers. Our results show differences in well-being between married and cohabiting first-time parents and that the support from maternity clinics should better acknowledge diversity and address the different needs of different types of families. View Full-Text
Keywords: family formation; first-time parents; cohabitation; marriage; depression; relationship satisfaction; support family formation; first-time parents; cohabitation; marriage; depression; relationship satisfaction; support
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Kalland, M.; Salo, S.; Vincze, L.; Lipsanen, J.; Raittila, S.; Sourander, J.; Salvén-Bodin, M.; Pajulo, M. Married and Cohabiting Finnish First-Time Parents: Differences in Wellbeing, Social Support and Infant Health. Soc. Sci. 2022, 11, 181. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11040181

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Kalland M, Salo S, Vincze L, Lipsanen J, Raittila S, Sourander J, Salvén-Bodin M, Pajulo M. Married and Cohabiting Finnish First-Time Parents: Differences in Wellbeing, Social Support and Infant Health. Social Sciences. 2022; 11(4):181. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11040181

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Kalland, Mirjam, Saara Salo, Laszlo Vincze, Jari Lipsanen, Simo Raittila, Johanna Sourander, Martina Salvén-Bodin, and Marjaterttu Pajulo. 2022. "Married and Cohabiting Finnish First-Time Parents: Differences in Wellbeing, Social Support and Infant Health" Social Sciences 11, no. 4: 181. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11040181

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