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Development of maternal-fetal attachment during pregnancy.
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PMID:  2748357     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Maternal-Fetal Attachment Scale (MFAS) was administered monthly to gravidas (N = 69) from the onset of prenatal care until delivery. Individual total and subscale scores across gestation were relatively stable, with the weakest correlations occurring between 16-week gestation scores and subsequent measures. Total MFAS and subscales scores, except Giving of Self, increased significantly as gestation progressed. There were also significant time x subject interaction effects for total MFAS and all subscale scores. MFAS scores were unrelated to most maternal demographic variables, but parity was negatively related to the MFAS score increase across gestation. MFAS subscale scores were related to differences in mothers' postpartum reports of their infants' centrality in their lives and to differences in maternal self-evaluated role attainment.
J T Grace
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nursing research     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0029-6562     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurs Res     Publication Date:    1989 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-08-18     Completed Date:  1989-08-18     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376404     Medline TA:  Nurs Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  228-32     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM; N    
University of Rochester School of Nursing.
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MeSH Terms
Infant, Newborn
Longitudinal Studies
Mother-Child Relations
Mothers / psychology*
Object Attachment*
Pregnancy / psychology*
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