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ERIC Number: ED139504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
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Parity Effects on Maternal Attitudes During Pregnancy.
Fuchs, Karen D.; Self, Patricia A.
In this study, which investigates the association of parity and maternal attitudes during pregnancy, a 30-item questionnaire was completed by 17 primiparous and 33 multiparous mothers in their 8th month of pregnancy at the Obstetrics-Gynocology Clinic at a university medical center. Measures were obtained on five scales: quality of available support system, anxiety, depression, reciprocity (infant's ability to communicate and seek social interaction with mother as well as her ability to understand and respond), and maternal stereotypes, or responses reflecting perceived social desirability. Individual items on all scales correlated highly with their respective totals; however, there were more significant inter-item correlations on the support system scale than the other scales. Differences were found between multiparous and primaparous mothers in harmony of home life, depression, anxiety and attitudes reflecting reciprocity. Level of education was associated with some of the measures. (Author/MS)
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