Prevention Science

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 276–285

Enhancing Coparenting, Parenting, and Child Self-Regulation: Effects of Family Foundations 1 Year after Birth

  • Mark E. Feinberg
  • Marni L. Kan
  • Megan C. Goslin

DOI: 10.1007/s11121-009-0130-4

Cite this article as:
Feinberg, M.E., Kan, M.L. & Goslin, M.C. Prev Sci (2009) 10: 276. doi:10.1007/s11121-009-0130-4


This study investigated whether a psycho-educational program with modest dosage (eight sessions), delivered in a universal framework through childbirth education programs and targeting the coparenting relationship would have a positive impact on observed family interaction and child behavior at 6-month follow-up (child age 1 year). One hundred sixty-nine couples, randomized to intervention and control conditions, participated in videotaped family observation tasks at pretest (during pregnancy) and at child age 1 year (2003–2007). Coparenting, parenting, couple relationship, and child self-regulatory behaviors were coded by teams of raters. Intent-to-treat analyses of program effects controlled for age, education, and social desirability. Evidence of significant (p < 0.05) program effects at follow-up emerged in all four domains. Effect sizes ranged from 0.28 to 1.01. Targeting the coparenting relationship at the transition to parenthood represents an effective, non-stigmatizing means of promoting parenting quality and child adjustment.


CoparentingChildbirth educationTransition to parenting

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark E. Feinberg
    • 1
  • Marni L. Kan
    • 2
  • Megan C. Goslin
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Prevention Research CenterThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Risk Behavior and Family ResearchRTI InternationalResearch Triangle ParkUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA