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Parental Psychological Distress and Confidence After an Infant's Birth: The Role of Attachment Representations in Parents of Infants with Congenital Anomalies and Parents of Healthy Infants.
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PMID:  23053831     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The present study aimed to examine parental psychological distress and confidence after an infant's birth, when parenting an infant with a diagnosis of a congenital anomaly, and to understand the role of attachment representations on parental adjustment. Parents of infants with a congenital anomaly (44 couples) and parents of healthy infants (46 couples) completed measures of adult attachment representations and of psychological distress and parental confidence (one month after the infant's birth). Results showed no group differences in psychological distress. Mothers in the clinical group presented lower confidence than mothers in the comparison group, while for fathers the inverse pattern was found, showing their involvement in the caretaking of the infant. Insecure attachment representations predicted parental psychological distress, and a moderator role of group was found only for fathers. These results highlight the role of secure attachment representations as an individual resource in stress-inducing situations.
Authors:
Ana Fonseca; Bárbara Nazaré; Maria Cristina Canavarro
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-3572     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Psychol Med Settings     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9435680     Medline TA:  J Clin Psychol Med Settings     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, ana.fonseca77@gmail.com.
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