Project on Parental Couples

For most adults, the relationship they have with their partner is often their most significant. Indeed, a satisfying relationship is one of the most important determinants of physical and psychological happiness and well-being. However, the birth of a child represents an important developmental stage for many couples and a major life event that can be accompanied by changes in the psychosocial functioning of each partner and the couple. The birth of a child can cause significant structural changes in addition to putting pressure on the couple's emotional and material resources.  

This project aims to better understand the links between the way parents of young children interact with each other and their psychological and relational well-being, by also exploring the family history of each parent. As well, we seek to better understand the influence of the co-parent's relationship on child development.

The results of these studies will provide important information for the development of appropriate educational and preventive programs for individuals, couples and families expecting a child.

Link to the Project on Parental Couples' website


The project currently benefits from a Canadian Institutes of Health Research grant and is entitled A longitudinal dyadic investigation of the role of interpersonal trauma and couple relationships on parents' mental health and child adjustment. The research team includes Natacha Godbout (director of TRACE) and Alison Paradis, Ph.D. as principal investigators, and Marie-Eve Daspe, Ph.D., Catherine Herba, Ph.D., and Martine Hébert, Ph.D as co-researches.

Doctoral students who have worked , or are working on this project include: Gaëlle Bakhos, Mathilde Baumann, Luciana Lassance, Francis Morissette-Harvey, and Camille-Andrée Rassart.


This project was initiated with a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and was entitled A systemic study of the well-being of parental couples: Associations with childhood interpersonal trauma. Research team included Natacha Godbout (principal investigator), Sophie Bergeron, Ph.D., Martine Hébert, Ph.D., and Stéphane Sabourin, Ph.D.


Resources for parents : 

The research team puts a list of resources available to parents. Need to talk or need support? Check the list of resources to find help near you. 


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Couple with a baby child
A woman and a man seated holding a small child