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A special path to parenthood: parent-child relationships in families giving birth to singleton infants through IVF.
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PMID:  12419044     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Infertility and its treatment are increasingly viewed as public issues as well as a private concern. Treatments such as IVF draw on public resources and pose psychological and ethical dilemmas for the community. The current paper integrates findings from a prospective longitudinal study that assessed the quality of parenting in families conceiving through IVF from an attachment theory perspective. Seventy families who conceived singleton infants through IVF and a naturally conceiving control group of 63 couples were seen during pregnancy and at 4 and 12 months postpartum. Two observational procedures were used to assess maternal sensitivity to the baby, infant responsiveness and security of attachment at 4 and 12 months respectively. There were no IVF control group differences in maternal sensitivity at 4 months or in security of attachment at 12 months. Implications of the findings for clinicians and contemporary controversies requiring further research are discussed.
Catherine McMahon; Frances Gibson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Reproductive biomedicine online     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1472-6483     ISO Abbreviation:  Reprod. Biomed. Online     Publication Date:    2002 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-11-06     Completed Date:  2002-12-30     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101122473     Medline TA:  Reprod Biomed Online     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  179-86     Citation Subset:  IM    
Psychology Department, Macquarie University, North Ryde, 2109, NSW, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Aging / psychology*
Fertilization in Vitro / psychology*
Infant, Newborn
Infertility, Female / psychology
Mother-Child Relations*
Parenting / psychology
Pregnancy Outcome*

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