Pre- and Perinatal Experiences and Personality: A Retrospective Analysis
ABSTRACT: Two thousand, one hundred and sixteen subjects from a variety of backgrounds and places of origin responded to a questionnaire concerning their pre-and perinatal experiences and their present personality. Of particular interest were potential relationships between present personality and maternal drug use during pregnancy and labour, maternal stress during pregnancy, birth type, and physical placement immediately after birth. Responses were analyzed using non-parametric chi-square tests, t-tests, and point biserial correlations. Few of the specifically delineated hypotheses were supported. However, a variety of statistically significant results were found for the more general hypotheses. These findings may lend support to the overall postulate that different pre- and perinatal experiences are related to different personality traits.
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Robyn L. Irving-Neto is currently a graduate student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, where she is studying the area of Early Childhood in Applied Psychology. Thomas R. Verny, M.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice in Toronto and co-author (with John Kelly) of The Secret Life of The Unborn Child. He is the former president of the Pre- and Peri-Natal Psychology Association of North America and former editor of the Pre- and Peri-Natal Psychology Journal The present work is a revised version of Ms. Irving-Neto's undergraduate honours thesis at York University. The study is based upon the responses to a questionnaire designed by Dr. Verny for Omni Magazine. Address correspondence to the author at 274 Rhodes Ave., Toronto, Ont., M4L 3A3.