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ERIC Number: ED174344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Effects of Extra Contact on Early Maternal Attitudes, Perceptions, and Behaviors.
Taylor, Paul M.; And Others
This paper presents results of the first part of a research program designed to test the hypothesis that an hour of extra contact between mother and infant beginning about one half hour after delivery would be associated with more secure attachment of an infant to its mother at one year. In the overall study extra contact infants were also expected to surpass control infants in cognitive and social-emotional development. Study subjects (n=65) were recruited late in the course of normal labors. Attempts were made to insure that the two study groups were matched. Observations were made and questionnaires were administered by study personnel unaware of the subjects' study groups. On the second postpartum day the Neonatal Perception Inventory (NPI) was administered and informed consent to participate in the study was obtained. The quality of mother-infant interaction during a feeding was rated when the infant was 48-72 hours old. At a home visit when the infant was 1 month old, another feeding interaction was rated, the second NPI was administered, and the Klaus and Kennell attachment questions were asked. Findings show that extra early contact had no demonstrable effects on the mother's perception of her infant, on the amount of time she chose to spend with the infant in hospital, or on the concern she expressed for the infant at 1 month. Extra early contact was associated with better quality interaction during feeding for mother-male infant pairs but not for mother-female infant pairs at 2 days and 1 month. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bonding (Interpersonal Relations)
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (San Francisco, California, March 15-18, 1979)