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In the present paper, several theoretical issues are outlined as important to the understanding of the process of defining prenatal attachment. Each of the issues is related to the available research literature. In the current article, it is emphasized that to understand prenatal attachment, a dynamic, multidimensional approach should be used. Additionally, this paper points to the implications for future research and clinical intervention programs.
KEY WORDS: prenatal attachment, pregnancy, maternal-fetal attachment, cognitive and emotional factors during pregnancy.
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Helen McK. Doan, Ph.D. and Anona Zimerman, MA.
Helen McKinnon Doan Ph.D. is a Senior Scholar and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at York University, Toronto, Ontario, and a Psychologist in Private Practice in Toronto. Anona Zimerman M.A. is a doctoral student in Clinical Developmental Psychology at York University, Toronto, Ontario, and a therapist at Surrey Place Centre, where she works with families of children with Developmental Disabilities. She is also a Certified Childbirth Educator and Doula in Toronto. The postal address for both authors is Department of Psychology, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3. Their email addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.