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J Prenat Perinat Psychol Health. 2009 Summer;23(4):201-222.

A HISTORY OF THE THEORY OF PRENATAL ATTACHMENT.

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University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Abstract

John Bowlby's theory of human attachment has become widely applied across disciplines and across the stages of human development. This discussion explores the evolution of an application of Bowlby's theory to the experience of pregnancy, from both maternal and paternal perspectives. Although the theoretical construct of maternal fetal attachment (MFA) requires continued theoretically-driven research, existing studies have associated this proposed construct with health behaviors, marital relationship, depressive symptoms, and the postpartum mother-infant relationship, pointing toward its relevance for academicians and clinicians devoted to the service of women and infants.

PMID:
21533008
PMCID:
PMC3083029

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