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Maternal perception of newborns predicts attachment organization in middle adulthood.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20390527     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The goal of the present study was to examine the predictive relation between an individual's newborn status, as rated with the Neonatal Perception Inventories (NPI), and his or her adult attachment organization, as rated with the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI). All participants (N = 26) had been healthy, full-term, singleton, first-born infants whose mothers were recruited during the immediate postpartum hospital stay. The NPI were collected during home visits made when infants were 4-6 weeks old. The AAI was administered 30 to 40 years later. The study hypothesis was that adult participants whose mothers had held negative perceptions of them as newborns would be more likely to be classified as insecure on the AAI than participants whose mothers had held positive perceptions of them. The study hypothesis was supported. A 2 (positive NPI vs. negative NPI) x 2 (secure AAI vs. insecure AAI) contingency table analysis indicated a highly significant connection between newborn NPI risk status and adult AAI classification, Fisher's exact test, p < .003, odds ratio = 18. As expected, negative maternal perception at 1-month old was associated with subsequent insecure adult attachment status.
Elsie R Broussard; Jude Cassidy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Attachment & human development     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1469-2988     ISO Abbreviation:  Attach Hum Dev     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-14     Completed Date:  2010-07-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100901315     Medline TA:  Attach Hum Dev     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  159-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Infant, Newborn
Interviews as Topic
Longitudinal Studies
Mother-Child Relations*
Object Attachment*

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