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ERIC Number: ED140949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Effects of a Mother-Infant Program on Positive Feelings of New Mothers: A Pilot Investigation.
Kleinman, Harriet M.
This paper describes and evaluates a program designed to enhance new mothers' self-confidence in their maternal role as a means of promoting optimal mother-infant interaction during the infant's first six months. Ten middle-class mothers and their healthy first-born infants were involved in an 8-week educational program which provided psychological support and information to the mothers. The program is described in terms of physical setting, procedures, objectives, methods and role of the leader. Details of the process and content of the group meetings are discussed. Changes in the mother's feelings in regard to her enjoyment of the baby, self-confidence as a parent and self-identity were examined. Evaluation tools used were: (1) a log of the meetings; (2) mothers' written and oral comments; and (3) a pre-test/post-test inventory. Self-evaluated changes in the mothers' feelings were compared with changes in the feelings of mothers in two control groups. It was tentatively concluded that this parent-support approach is effective in increasing the self-confidence of new mothers. Recommendations are made for related research. Appendices include materials used in the study. (Author/MS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, California State University, Northridge ; Parts may be marginally legible due to print quality of the oriningal document