Associations among maternal representations at birth and at tachment in portuguese dyads with preterm and full term infants

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Associations among maternal representations at birth and at tachment in portuguese dyads with preterm and full term infants

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Title: Associations among maternal representations at birth and at tachment in portuguese dyads with preterm and full term infants
Author: Fuertes, Marina; Faria, Anabela; Fink, Nadine; Barbosa, Miguel
Abstract: Este estudio longitudinal investigó la relación entre: representaciones maternas al nacer, representaciones maternas del temperamento de sus bebés (a los 9 meses) y el apego madre-hijo a los 57 díadas con bebés nacidos prematuramente y 60 días con bebés recién nacidos a término. Cuarenta y ocho horas después del nacimiento, una entrevista fue preformada para recoger las representaciones de las madres de su embarazo, el parto, y de sus recién nacidos. Nuestros resultados indican que las madres que dan a luz prematuramente tenían más percepciones negativas acerca de su embarazo y parto. Estas madres estaban más preocupadas por la salud y el desarrollo de su bebé. Sin embargo, estaban tan seguras como las madres de a término de su capacidad para entablar en una relación positiva con su niño. A los nueve meses, las representaciones maternales positivas del temperamento de niños nacidos prematuramente se asociaron en positivo con expectativas sobre el desarrollo de sus bebés y el apoyo social de la familia al nacer. A los 12 meses, el apego seguro estaba relacionado con las representaciones maternas a los nueve meses.This longitudinal study investigated the relation between: maternal representations at birth; maternal representations of their infants’ temperament (at 9 months); and mother-infant attachment in 57 dyads with infants prematurely born and 60 dyads with infants born at term. Forty eight hours after birth, an interview was preformed to collect mothers’ representations of their pregnancy, labor, and about their newborns. Our findings indicate that mothers that delivered prematurely had more negative perceptions about their pregnancy and labor. These mothers were more concerned about their infant’s health and development. Nonetheless, they were as confident as mothers of at term infants in their ability to engage in a positive relationship with their infant. At nine months, maternal positive representations of prematurely born infants’ temperament were associated with positive expectations about their babies’ development and family social support at birth. At 12 months, secure attachment was related with maternal representations at nine months.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10662/3310
Date: 2011


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