Some determinants of maternal attachment

Am J Psychiatry. 1978 Oct;135(10):1168-73. doi: 10.1176/ajp.135.10.1168.


The authors conducted prenatal interviews and behavior observation sessions with 46 families in which the woman was pregnant. These families were again interviewed and observed 7 days, 1 month, 2 months, and 6 months after the child was born. The authors found that the most significant variable predicting the variance of maternal attachment was the length of separation of mother and infant: less separation was associated with greater attachment. The next most significant variable was birth experience, followed in importance by the length of labor and prenatal attitudes and expectations.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anesthesia, Obstetrical
  • Attitude*
  • Emotions
  • Father-Child Relations
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant Care
  • Labor, Obstetric*
  • Male
  • Maternal Behavior*
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Natural Childbirth
  • Postpartum Period
  • Pregnancy*
  • Time Factors