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Mothers’ perceptions of their 6-week-old babies: relationships with antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal factors

Green, J. M., Richards, M. P. M., Kitzinger, Jenny and Coupland, V. A. 1991. Mothers’ perceptions of their 6-week-old babies: relationships with antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal factors. IRISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 12 (2) , pp. 133-144. 10.1080/03033910.1991.10557833

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Abstract

As part of a prospective study of mothers’ expectations and experiences of childbirth using postal questionnaires, an adjective checklist was employed as a means of eliciting mothers’ descriptions of their babies at 6 weeks of age. Associations between descriptions of the baby and antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal factors were investigated in a sample of 710 women. The measure derived from the checklist had considerable face validity, being closely related to the perception of the baby as a social person and as knowing the mother. Mothers who were finding life disorganised and those with low emotional well-being were most negative about their babies. One of the major factors associated with the way the baby was described was parity, with first-time mothers being much more negative than those who had had a baby before. Breast-feeding was also associated with negative descriptions, with women who had given up breast-feeding by 6 weeks after the birth giving the most negative descriptions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0303-3910
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:06
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/56441

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