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Title: Maternal-foetal attachment: searching for a new definition.
Authors: Sandbrook, Sandra
Adamson-Macedo, Elvidina N.
Citation: Neuroendocrinology Letters, 25(Suppl.1): 169-182
Publisher: Society of Integrated Sciences
Issue Date: 2004
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/14597
PubMed ID: 15735599
Additional Links: http://www.nel.edu/home.htm
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Abstract: Maternal-fetal attachment is the purest source of the powerful attachment relationship, the gradual internalisation of the life within unspoilt by the realities and complexities of early parenting. This qualitative study searches for a definition of attachment utilising a phenomenological framework. An opportunity sample of 10 women in the final trimester of pregnancy was interviewed. Interviews were transcribed and analysed using Glaser & Strauss's (1967) constant comparative methodology. Thirteen key themes were identified, of these 4 were specific to parenting experience. A novel finding contrary to earlier studies was that women reported their overwhelming emotion was not love but an innate desire to protect. Protection, the developmental nature of attachment and importance of the emotional and physical support of a partner or parent form the kernel of an evolving paradigm.
Type: Article
Language: en
Description: Metadata only.
Keywords: Maternal-fetal
Attachment
Relationships
Parents Experiences
Qualitative methodology
Mothers
ISSN: 0172-780X
Appears in Collections: Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement

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