Men Coping with Miscarriage: How Spousal Emotional Support Contributes to the Relationship between Parenting Identity and Well-Being about Pregnancy Loss

Haley Kranstuber Horstman, Amanda Jean Holman, Lauren Jean Johnsen

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Abstract

Although miscarriage is commonly considered a “women’s issue,” pregnancy loss often occurs in opposite-sex marriages and affects the well-being of both spouses. The present study investigated how cisgender married men (n= 136) coped with their spouse’s miscarriage by drawing upon their parenting role salience (i.e., commitment to and value in their parenting identity) and spousal emotional support as coping resources. Structural equation modeling demonstrated that parenting role salience negatively predicted positive and negative affect about the miscarriage, which negatively predicted perceived stress. In other words, men who invested in their role as a father coped better with miscarriage. Moderation analyses revealed husbands who received higher quality spousal emotional support reported better well-being, regardless of their parenting role salience. These results highlight the importance of considering identity in the support and coping process. Findings also inform practical applications by attending to both partners’ grief and relational needs following a miscarriage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-267
Number of pages12
JournalSouthern Communication Journal
Volume86
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication

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