ERIC Number: EJ864676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
Preconception Motivation and Pregnancy Wantedness: Pathways to Toddler Attachment Security
Miller, Warren B.; Sable, Marjorie R.; Beckmeyer, Jonathon J.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v71 n5 p1174-1192 Dec 2009
This research was designed to increase our understanding of how the motivational antecedents to childbearing and emotional responses to pregnancy affect the subsequent attachment bond of a toddler to his or her mother. Using a sample of 1,364 mothers and their newborns from the Study of Early Child Care, we tested a mother-child influence framework hypothesized to mediate between the mother's preconception motivation and pregnancy wantedness and her child's security of attachment at 24 months. Almost all elements of the mediational sequence were confirmed in a structural equation model. We observed 2 unmediated pathways to attachment security, 1 from preconception motivation and 1 from parenting stress during infancy, and suggest interpretations of these unexpected pathways.
Descriptors: Mothers, Pregnancy, Toddlers, Neonates, Motivation, Attachment Behavior, Security (Psychology), Structural Equation Models, Stress Variables, Parent Child Relationship
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