Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 211–218 | Cite as

Maintaining Relationship Quality During the Transition to Parenthood: The Need for Next Generation Interventions

  • Tim WelchEmail author
  • Erica Rouleau-Mitchell
  • Adam Farero
  • E. Megan Lachmar
  • Andrea K. Wittenborn
Original Paper


The transition to parenthood is difficult for couples to navigate, making it a critical time to intervene. Unrealistic media portrayals contribute to inaccurate expectations exacerbating the difficult transition. Given the increased engagement with video content on social networking and video-sharing websites, a brief video intervention could normalize the challenges couples commonly face, combat unrealistic media portrayals and provide targeted recommendations. Brief video interventions can reach a wide audience and influence beliefs, attitudes and intentions to act. This paper provides a rationale on the need for a brief intervention for couples transitioning to parenthood and describes our own approach to doing so based on principles of attachment theory.


Transition to parenthood Next-generation interventions Brief video intervention Attachment theory 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Family StudiesMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Psychiatry and Behavioral MedicineMichigan State UniversityGrand RapidsUSA

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