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ERIC Number: ED140955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Pages: 11
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A Predictive Analysis of Early Parental Attachment Behavior.
Wilson, Ann L.
In this study of 40 primaparous mothers (15 to 36 years of age) and their newborns the significance of predictors of maternal responsiveness was assessed immediately following birth in the delivery room and at feedings 2-3 days and 4 weeks following delivery. The variables used as predictors included the mothers' age and background, prenatal factors, the fathers' presence and responsiveness in the delivery room and neonatal characteristics as assessed by the Brazelton Neonatal Assessment Scale. The variables derived from data collected prenatally and in the immediate postpartum period were added to the analysis as they were generated. Results indicate that the father's responsiveness in the delivery room significantly predicts the mother's responsiveness immediately following birth, and that the mother's behavior at this time predicts her responsiveness during a hospital feeding. Age as a continuous variable and the choice to have a rooming-in arrangement in the hospital significantly predicts maternal responsiveness as it was assessed 4 weeks following delivery. The variance in the predictive significance of the variables at the immediate and 4-week postpartum observation is discussed as evidence of predisposition for positive maternal behavior. Also discussed is how these findings support the Sensitive Period Hypothesis which emphasizes the importance of the amount of contact time a mother has with her infant for the development of a positive attachment. (Author/MS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Brazelton Neonatal Assessment Scale