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Dimensions of subjectivity in parents' ratings of infant temperament.
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PMID:  2055126     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study was designed to further define the subjective component in parental reports of infant temperament. 131 mothers and 127 fathers completed the ICQ twice during pregnancy and at 3.5 months postpartum. In addition, motivation for the pregnancy was assessed early in pregnancy, and depression and anxiety were measured at each point in the study. Principal components analyses of the data collected during pregnancy yielded anxiety/depression and pregnancy motivation components for both mothers and fathers. The ICQ scores formed 2 components in the mothers' analysis and 1 in the fathers'. Subsequent correlation and regression analyses examining the relation between the pregnancy components and the postpartum scores revealed that the best predictors of postpartum ICQ scores were the postpartum ICQ components, although the anxiety/depression component was also a significant correlate. The results are discussed in terms of the role parents' prepartum expectancies might play in their perceptions of and interactions with their infants.
C J Mebert
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child development     Volume:  62     ISSN:  0009-3920     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Dev     Publication Date:  1991 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-07-29     Completed Date:  1991-07-29     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372725     Medline TA:  Child Dev     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  352-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of New Hampshire, Durham 03824.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Fathers / psychology
Mothers / psychology
Parent-Child Relations*
Postpartum Period
Regression Analysis
Sex Factors
Grant Support

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