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Labor, delivery, and early parenthood: an attachment theory perspective.
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PMID:  17400834     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Having a baby is a powerful experience that, according to attachment theory, should activate the attachment system and elicit attachment needs and motives. The current study investigated first-time parents' perceptions of and responses to events surrounding labor and delivery and early parenthood. Couples expecting their first child completed measures of attachment orientations and questionnaires assessing key aspects of the experience of labor, delivery, and early parenthood. Attachment anxiety and avoidance significantly predicted individuals' perceptions of themselves and their partners, reactions to their partners' behavior, and emotional responses to their infants. Jealousy of the infant, perceptions of support given to or received from partners, and feelings of closeness to the infant were all associated with attachment orientations in theoretically meaningful ways.
Carol L Wilson; W Steven Rholes; Jeffry A Simpson; Sisi Tran
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Personality & social psychology bulletin     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0146-1672     ISO Abbreviation:  Pers Soc Psychol Bull     Publication Date:  2007 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-02     Completed Date:  2007-06-14     Revised Date:  2011-02-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7809042     Medline TA:  Pers Soc Psychol Bull     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  505-18     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Delivery, Obstetric / psychology
Fathers / psychology
Labor, Obstetric / psychology
Mothers / psychology
Object Attachment*
Parent-Child Relations*
Parents / psychology*
Psychological Theory
Regression Analysis
Social Support
Spouses / psychology*
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