Prenatal Attachment and Postnatal Infant Sleep
This study examined the relationship between maternal prenatal attachment and postnatal infant sleep. Ninety first-time pregnant mothers, between 35 and 40 gestational weeks, completed the Prenatal Attachment Inventory (M?ller, 1989), which consists of 21 items and assesses the mother?s prenatal attachment to her fetus. After the birth of their infant, the mothers charted their infant?s sleep for three consecutive 24-hour periods when the infant was 1 week and 3 months old, using the Sleep/Activity Record (Barnard, 1999). Correlational analysis revealed that PAI scores did not correlate with either infant sleep segments or longest sustained sleep. However, the study found an inverted correlation between PAI scores and infant total sleep at one week. The study extends current literature on prenatal to postnatal continuity.
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