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ERIC Number: ED409079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Pages: 67
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Nonmaternal Care and Mother-Infant Attachment: A Review of the Literature.
Scott, Deborah Leilani
With the increasing number of mothers entering the workplace and placing infants in another's care, concern has arisen regarding the effects of nonmaternal care on the development of infants and children. Particular attention has been paid to the impact on the mother-infant attachment relationship of repeated daily separations and exposure to substitute caregivers. The purpose of this paper is to review and critique the literature that focuses on nonmaternal care and mother-infant attachment. Consideration of such methodological aspects of the literature as terminology, instrumentation, sampling, and experimental design indicated that the attribution of direct causality between nonmaternal care and mother-infant attachment is impossible to determine. However, the between-group studies indicated that infants in full-time nonmaternal care, as compared to infants in less than full-time or no nonmaternal care, were more likely to be insecurely attached to their mothers. The within-group studies indicated many factors associated with nonmaternal care and mother-infant attachment. Recommendations for future research are offered. Contains 36 references. (Author/EV)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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