Does prenatal attachment increase over pregnancy?

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  • Author(s): Close, Charlotte; Bateson, Karen; Douglas, Hazel
  • Source:
    British Journal of Midwifery (BR J MIDWIFERY), Jul2020; 28(7): 436-441. (6p)
  • Publication Type:
    Article - questions and answers, research, tables/charts
  • Language:
    English
  • Additional Information
    • Affiliation:
      Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
      Parent-Infant Foundation Ltd
      Solihull Approach, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
    • Subject Terms:
    • Subject Terms:
    • Abstract:
      Background: Prenatal measurement can highlight early attachment issues in mothers and prenatal attachment could be a predictor of postnatal attachment. It is necessary to better understand prenatal attachment trends in both genders to identify and intervene quicker when attachment issues are present. Aims: This paper explores the changes in parent-fetal attachment throughout pregnancy, examining attachment score changes and differing gender trends. Methods: Of the participants, 101 parents (59 female, 42 male) completed the respective Maternal/Paternal Antenatal Attachment Scale (Condon, 1993) at two administrations during pregnancy. Findings: Paired t-tests revealed a significant increase in female scores (p<0.0001) and a non-significant increase in male scores (p=0.102) from first to second administration. Conclusion: Female attachment increased in strength as pregnancy progressed, while male attachment remained relatively stable throughout. Further research is needed to examine gender differences across trimesters, the impact of interventions designed to improve attachment and attachment in more diverse populations.
    • Journal Subset:
      Core Nursing; Double Blind Peer Reviewed; Europe; Nursing; Peer Reviewed; UK & Ireland
    • Instrumentation:
      Maternal/Paternal Antenatal Attachment Scale
    • ISSN:
      0969-4900
    • MEDLINE Info:
      NLM UID: 9508877
    • Publication Date:
      20200704
    • Publication Date:
      20200707
    • DOI:
      http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2020.28.7.436
    • Accession Number:
      144344681
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      CLOSE, C.; BATESON, K.; DOUGLAS, H. Does prenatal attachment increase over pregnancy? British Journal of Midwifery, [s. l.], v. 28, n. 7, p. 436–441, 2020. DOI 10.12968/bjom.2020.28.7.436. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=144344681. Acesso em: 12 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Close C, Bateson K, Douglas H. Does prenatal attachment increase over pregnancy? British Journal of Midwifery. 2020;28(7):436-441. doi:10.12968/bjom.2020.28.7.436
    • APA:
      Close, C., Bateson, K., & Douglas, H. (2020). Does prenatal attachment increase over pregnancy? British Journal of Midwifery, 28(7), 436–441. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2020.28.7.436
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Close, Charlotte, Karen Bateson, and Hazel Douglas. 2020. “Does Prenatal Attachment Increase over Pregnancy?” British Journal of Midwifery 28 (7): 436–41. doi:10.12968/bjom.2020.28.7.436.
    • Harvard:
      Close, C., Bateson, K. and Douglas, H. (2020) ‘Does prenatal attachment increase over pregnancy?’, British Journal of Midwifery, 28(7), pp. 436–441. doi: 10.12968/bjom.2020.28.7.436.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Close, C, Bateson, K & Douglas, H 2020, ‘Does prenatal attachment increase over pregnancy?’, British Journal of Midwifery, vol. 28, no. 7, pp. 436–441, viewed 12 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Close, Charlotte, et al. “Does Prenatal Attachment Increase over Pregnancy?” British Journal of Midwifery, vol. 28, no. 7, July 2020, pp. 436–441. EBSCOhost, doi:10.12968/bjom.2020.28.7.436.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Close, Charlotte, Karen Bateson, and Hazel Douglas. “Does Prenatal Attachment Increase over Pregnancy?” British Journal of Midwifery 28, no. 7 (July 2020): 436–41. doi:10.12968/bjom.2020.28.7.436.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Close C, Bateson K, Douglas H. Does prenatal attachment increase over pregnancy? British Journal of Midwifery [Internet]. 2020 Jul [cited 2020 Aug 12];28(7):436–41. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=144344681