The transition to parenthood often leads to less relationship quality, and this could result in separation of the parents. Previous research has shown that new parents experience a steeper decline in marital satisfaction than couples without children. In this mixt methods study the quantitative result showed a statistically secured difference in the experienced quality of the relationship between the groups of separated and non-separated parent, using QDR-index measured before the separation. Especially Dyadic Satisfaction, Dyadic Consensus and also Dyadic Cohesion differed between the groups. The qualitative description showed seven categories of factors contributing to separation: Strains from parenthood, Stressful conditions, Lack of intimacy, Insufficient communication, Differing personalities & interests, No commitment, and Negative effects of addiction.
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