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Resistance to fear of child birth and stability of mother-child bond
Tilburg Univ, Netherlands.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Children's and Women's health. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Tilburg Univ, Netherlands.
Gelre Hosp, Netherlands.
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2020 (English)In: Early Child Development and Care, ISSN 0300-4430, E-ISSN 1476-8275, Vol. 190, no 2, p. 175-184Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In order to examine (1) the stability of the mother-child-bond and (2) associations between mother-child-bonding and aspects of maternal-well-being, pregnant women (N = 170) completed measures on well-being and mother-child-bonding at two antepartum and two postpartum time points. We found relatively weak associations between mother-child-bonding at 20 weeks of gestation and mother-child-bonding at 6 months postpartum. Fear of childbirth was weakly, but statistically significantly associated with mother-child-bonding at 6 weeks (but not at 6 months) postpartum. Correlations between antepartum general well-being and social support, on the one hand, and mother-child-bonding, on the other, failed to reach statistical significance. Women with a partner had a better mother-child-bonding at 36 weeks of gestation and 6 months postpartum, than women without a partner, and older women had better mother-child-bonding at 20 weeks of gestation, than younger women. Our findings thus suggest that mother-child-bonding is not a very stable phenomenon, but it is quite robust against potential negative influences of poor maternal mental health.

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ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2020. Vol. 190, no 2, p. 175-184
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Pregnant women; mother-child bonding; fear of childbirth; correlations
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-163221DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2018.1461093ISI: 000506103400006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-163221DiVA, id: diva2:1390994
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Funding Agencies|Dutch Working Group of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology [2]; Dutch Association of Haptotherapists [1]

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