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Maternal-fetal attachment in relation to self-concept and anxiety.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3640186     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study investigates the association that maternal-fetal attachment has with self-concept, state anxiety, and trait anxiety. One hundred third trimester pregnant women attending prenatal classes were studied. Data were collected by using three psychometric instruments: Maternal-Fetal Attachment Scale, the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale, and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. The findings do not show a significant relationship between the overall level of maternal-fetal attachment and self-concept. The findings do show significant inverse correlations between state (temporary) anxiety and the overall Maternal-Fetal Attachment Scale. An inverse but non-significant relationship between maternal-fetal attachment and overall scores representing trait (long-term) anxiety was found. The study failed to demonstrate the strong association between anxiety and maternal-fetal attachment described by other theorists. The author speculates that the chosen instrument does not adequately differentiate between the mother's anxieties regarding self and those related to the fetus.
K F Gaffney
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Maternal-child nursing journal     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0090-0702     ISO Abbreviation:  Matern Child Nurs J     Publication Date:  1986  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-12-08     Completed Date:  1986-12-08     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0350761     Medline TA:  Matern Child Nurs J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  91-101     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
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MeSH Terms
Mothers / psychology*
Object Attachment*
Pregnancy / psychology*
Psychological Tests
Research Design
Self Concept*

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