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father prenatal attachment

Anna M Della Vedova, Roberto Burro
OBJECTIVE: This study focuses on the process of the father's bonding with the fetus and aims to assess the psychometric properties of the Italian translation of the Paternal Antenatal Attachment Scale (PAAS). BACKGROUND: The construct of prenatal attachment has been created to systematically investigate the nature of the particular bond that develops in the minds of parents expecting a child. Paternal attachment to the unborn child has not been well explored until now, despite its undoubted importance...
November 2017: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Karen Matvienko-Sikar, Gillian Murphy, Mike Murphy
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this paper was to examine the role of perinatal, obstetric and post partum factors on maternal and paternal stress. It will present the first examination of the role of prenatal, obstetric, post-partum, and demographic variables in parenting stress for mothers and fathers at 9 months. METHODS: Data from 6821 parental dyads of 9-month-old infants were extracted from the Growing Up in Ireland National Longitudinal Study of Children. Participants completed the Parental Stress Scale, the Dyadic Adjustment Scale, the Quality of Attachment Sub-scale from the Maternal and Paternal Postnatal Attachment Scales, and a single item health status question from the Short Form 12 Health Survey...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Nicole Borg Cunen, Julie Jomeen, Rita Borg Xuereb, Angela Poat
BACKGROUND: Expectant parents develop varying degrees of emotional affiliation with the unborn child. Interventions supporting this relationship may be beneficial given its link to maternal health behaviour during pregnancy, as well as the parental-infant bond after birth. AIM: To identify and describe the effects of programmes and strategies that have addressed the parental-fetal relationship. METHOD: English-language primary studies, published between 2005-2015, were identified and their methodological quality was assessed...
November 21, 2016: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
Charlotte M J M Vreeswijk, Catharina H A M Rijk, A Janneke B M Maas, Hedwig J A van Bakel
Parents' representations of their infants consist of parents' subjective experiences of how they perceive their infants. They provide important information about the quality of the parent-infant relationship and are closely related to parenting behavior and infant attachment. Previous studies have shown that parents' representations emerge during pregnancy. However, little is known about prenatal (risk) factors that are related to parents' representations. In a prospective study, 308 mothers and 243 fathers were followed during pregnancy and postpartum...
November 2015: Infant Mental Health Journal
Marjukka Pajulo, Mimmi Tolvanen, Linnea Karlsson, Elina Halme-Chowdhury, Camilla Öst, Patrick Luyten, Linda Mayes, Hasse Karlsson
Parental reflective functioning (PRF) is the capacity to focus on experience and feelings in oneself and in the child. Individual differences in PRF reportedly affect child attachment and socioemotional development. In this study, we report work on developing a questionnaire to assess PRF during pregnancy (Prenatal Parental Reflective Functioning Questionnaire; P-PRFQ). The factor structure of the 33-item version of the P-PRFQ was explored using pilot study data from the Finn Brain Birth Cohort Study (n = 124 mothers, n = 82 fathers)...
July 2015: Infant Mental Health Journal
Camilla Pisoni, Francesca Garofoli, Chryssoula Tzialla, Simona Orcesi, Arsenio Spinillo, Pierluigi Politi, Umberto Balottin, Carmine Tinelli, Mauro Stronati
OBJECTIVE: To clarify the links between parents' prenatal attachment and psychosocial perinatal factors such as maternal depression, anxiety and social support. METHODS: Cross-sectional study including 43 couples with high-risk pregnancy (RP) and 37 with physiologic pregnancy (PP). Self-report measures (depression, anxiety, social support and prenatal attachment) are completed by mothers, prenatal attachment questionnaire by fathers. RESULTS: Depression (p < 0...
March 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Suena H Massey, Margaret H Bublitz, Susanna R Magee, Amy Salisbury, Raymond S Niaura, Lauren S Wakschlag, Laura R Stroud
OBJECTIVE: Smoking cessation during pregnancy may reflect altruistic motives on behalf of the unborn baby. We test the hypothesis that pregnancy quitters have higher maternal-fetal attachment than persistent smokers, and secondarily explore how maternal-fetal attachment differs among non-smokers, pregnancy quitters, and persistent smokers. METHODS: Participants were 156 women in the Behavior and Mood in Babies and Mothers study who provided report of smoking throughout pregnancy via timeline follow back interviews, with salivary cotinine confirmation of reported cessation at 30 and 35 week gestation, and postpartum day one...
June 2015: Addictive Behaviors
Naomi Thomas, Angela Komiti, Fiona Judd
This study aims to examine the acceptability and effectiveness of an antenatal group intervention designed to reduce the severity of depression and anxiety symptoms and improve maternal attachment in pregnant women with current or emerging depression and anxiety. Women who participated in the program completed pre- and posttreatment measures of depression (Centre of Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale) and Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale), anxiety (State-Trait Anxiety Inventory) and maternal attachment (Condon Maternal Antenatal Attachment Scale)...
December 2014: Archives of Women's Mental Health
Sarah N Lang, Sarah J Schoppe-Sullivan, Letitia E Kotila, Claire M Kamp Dush
We investigated the association of prenatal assessments of mothers' and fathers' self-reported romantic attachment anxiety and avoidance with the time mothers and fathers reported in proximity-focused and exploration-focused engagement with their infants at 9 months postpartum. Our sample of 136 dual-earner couples came from a larger longitudinal study of the transition to parenthood. Time in proximity-focused (interactions that emphasize physical or emotional connection) and exploration-focused (activities that stimulate and build knowledge of the world) engagement on workdays and nonworkdays were measured using time diaries...
December 2013: Journal of Family Psychology: JFP
Annie M Cantwell-Bartl, James Tibballs
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the psychosocial status of mothers and fathers of infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome while in the PICU. DESIGN: A retrospective study combining interviews and psychometric testing of parents. SETTING: Tertiary hospital PICU. SUBJECTS: Twenty-nine parents (16 mothers and 13 fathers) of surviving children. INTERVENTION: A semistructured face-to-face interview was conducted to explore parental experiences, and a Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnosis-Clinical Version (posttraumatic stress disorder module) was conducted to determine the possibility of an acute stress disorder or a posttraumatic stress disorder...
November 2013: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Tina Miller
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January 2013: Practising Midwife
Anne Chevalier McKechnie, Karen Pridham
Drawing on attachment and caregiving theory and the concept of motivation, the purpose of this descriptive study was to examine parents' retrospective accounts of their prenatal experiences after receiving the diagnosis of a fetal heart defect. These parents constituted a subgroup of participants in a larger longitudinal study of parenting an infant with a complex congenital heart defect. Data were derived from 14 semistructured interviews with 13 mothers and 3 fathers in the home or hospital setting. A directed content analysis yielded a central category of preparing heart and mind for infant caregiving...
December 2012: Qualitative Health Research
A Janneke B M Maas, Charlotte M J M Vreeswijk, Evi S A de Cock, Catharina H A M Rijk, Hedwig J A van Bakel
BACKGROUND: While the importance of the infant-parent relationship from the child's perspective is acknowledged worldwide, there is still a lack of knowledge about predictors and long-term benefits or consequences of the quality of parent-infant relationships from the parent's perspective. The purpose of this prospective study is to investigate the quality of parent-infant relationships from parents' perspectives, both in the prenatal and postpartum period. This study therefore focuses on prenatal (risk) factors that may influence the quality of pre- and postnatal bonding, the transition to parenthood, and bonding as a process within families with young children...
2012: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Ching-Yun Yu, Chich-Hsiu Hung, Te-Fu Chan, Ching-Hsueh Yeh, Chien-Yu Lai
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study aims to assess expectant fathers' social support, marital intimacy and health status during the third trimester of their partners' pregnancies. Further, we investigate the predictors of father-infant attachment after childbirth. BACKGROUND: Becoming a father is a transition. Research has focused more on mothers than on fathers, even though the philosophy of the maternal care system is about providing family-centred care. The psychological status of first-time fathers and the attachment they have to their infants have received little attention in the research...
June 2012: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Stirling Bryan, Elizabeth Dormandy, Tracy Roberts, Anthony Ades, Pelham Barton, Ariadna Juarez-Garcia, Lazaros Andronis, Jonathan Karnon, Theresa M Marteau
BACKGROUND: Haemoglobinopathies, including sickle cell disease and thalassaemia (SCT), are inherited disorders of haemoglobin. Antenatal screening for SCT rarely occurs before 10 weeks of pregnancy. AIM: To explore the cost-effectiveness of offering SCT screening in a primary care setting, during the pregnancy confirmation visit. DESIGN AND SETTING: A model-based cost-effectiveness analysis of inner-city areas with a high proportion of residents from ethnic minority groups...
October 2011: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Mary Steen, Soo Downe, Nicola Bamford, Leroy Edozien
INTRODUCTION: the active engagement of fathers in maternity care is associated with long-term health and social benefits for the mother, baby and family. The maternity care expectations and experiences of expectant and new fathers have received little attention to date. AIM: to identify and synthesise good quality qualitative research that explores the views and experiences of fathers who have encountered maternity care in high resource settings. METHODS: based on a pre-determined search strategy, relevant databases were searched for papers published between January 1999 and January 2010...
August 2012: Midwifery
Sara J Allison, Julie Stafford, Dilly O C Anumba
BACKGROUND: A couple's decision to undergo an invasive test based on a screening test result is a process associated with anxiety. The aim of this study was to determine whether anxiety and prenatal attachment were affected by undergoing an invasive test compared to women in early pregnancy and after a reassuring anomaly scan. METHODS: 200 women were recruited at booking, 14 women and 20 partners after an invasive test and 81 women following an anomaly scan. A questionnaire was completed using the Beck Anxiety Inventory and Maternal or Paternal Antenatal Attachment Scales...
2011: BMC Women's Health
Regina P Lederman
Reviews panels on the prevention of preterm birth (PTB) conducted by the Office of the Surgeon General and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development made numerous novel recommendations for research on the assessment of risk factors for PTB and the development of personalized, specific interventions for the prevention of PTB. This paper discusses the particularly significant roles for nurses in assessment and intervention based on their education in pregnancy and in multiple health-related disciplines...
2011: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Åsa Premberg, Gunilla Carlsson, Anna-Lena Hellström, Marie Berg
OBJECTIVE: To describe fathers' experiences during childbirth. DESIGN: Qualitative method with phenomenological lifeworld approach. A re-enactment interview method, with open-ended questions analysed with a phenomenological method, was used. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: 10 First-time fathers from two hospitals were interviewed four to six weeks after childbirth in Southwest Sweden during the autumn of 2008. FINDINGS: The essential meaning of first-time fathers' lived experience of childbirth was described as an interwoven process pendulating between euphoria and agony...
December 2011: Midwifery
Anna Arnold, Jessica Lewis, Alexey Maximovich, Jeannette Ickovics, Trace Kershaw
This study describes the multigenerational caregiving structure of infants born to young women, the prenatal predictors of caregiving structure, and the effects of caregiving structure on the health of young mothers and their infants 6 months postpartum. The sample consisted of 784 young mothers involved in a longitudinal study in two U.S. cities. Women were classified into eight caregiving structure groups based on the mother's report of herself as a caregiver and her selection of the baby's father and/or grandparents as caregivers...
October 2011: Maternal and Child Health Journal
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