Transition to motherhood : A longitudinal study

  • Williams T
  • Joy L
  • Travis L
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Assessed the development of the mother-child relationship within the transition to parenthood. In the prenatal phase, 238 women who were 8 mo pregnant with their 1st child completed a set of questionnaires. At 1 mo postpartum, 165 of the Ss completed a 2nd set of questionnaires, and a subset of 86 were observed for 1 hr at home with their infants. When their child was 2 yrs old, 62 Ss completed questionnaires and were observed interacting with their toddler in the laboratory. Results indicate that the development of maternal attachment is a gradual process related to other measures of women's psychological well-being. Parenting confidence played a central role in adaptation to motherhood within each phase. (French & Spanish abstracts) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)(unassigned)

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  • *Mental Health
  • *Mother Child Relations
  • KEY PHRASE : psychological well being, development
  • MAJOR DESCRIPTORS : *Attachment Behavior
  • MINOR DESCRIPTORS : Longitudinal Studies
  • Mothers
  • pregnant and 1 mo postpartum and when child was 2

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  • Tannis M Williams

  • Lesley A Joy

  • Lisa Travis

  • Andrew Gotowiec

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