Mother-child relationship--FIRST score

J Adv Nurs. 1984 Nov;9(6):589-95. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1984.tb00415.x.


This paper describes the use of the MCR FIRST score. The score has evolved as a method of measuring certain aspects of a mother's caring for her newborn baby. The factors included are feeding, interest, response, speech and touch, and these have been combined into a numerical score. The results for 100 mothers who were assessed on days 1, 3 and 5 postpartum are presented. The MCR FIRST score is distinguished by its simplicity of use in clinical work and may be helpful in recognizing potential impairment of mother-child relationships during the early postpartum period.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant Care
  • Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Postpartum Period*
  • Pregnancy
  • Psychological Tests
  • Speech
  • Touch