Ramona T. Mercer, PhD, FAAN, is a Professor; Sandra Ferketitch, PhD, and Jeanne DeJoseph, CNM, PhD, FAAN, are Assistant Professors; Katharyn May, DnSc, FAAN, is an Associate Professor; and Deanna Sollid is Project Director in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing, University of California at San Francisco.
Further exploration of maternal and paternal fetal attachment†
Article first published online: 6 APR 2007
Copyright © 1988 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 11, Issue 2, pages 83–95, April 1988
How to Cite
Mercer, R. T., Ferketich, S., May, K., DeJoseph, J. and Sollid, D. (1988), Further exploration of maternal and paternal fetal attachment. Res. Nurs. Health, 11: 83–95. doi: 10.1002/nur.4770110204
Data reported here are from the project “Antepartum Stress: Effect on Family Health and Functioning.”
- Issue published online: 6 APR 2007
- Article first published online: 6 APR 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 22 AUG 1987
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 AUG 1987
- Manuscript Received: 30 JAN 1987
- NCNR, NIH. Grant Number: 5 R01 NR0 1064-03
Fetal attachment of four groups of expectant parents were studied during the 24th to 34th weeks of pregnancy: 153 high-risk women hospitalized for a complication, 75 high-risk women's mates, 218 low-risk women, and 147 low-risk women's mates. No differences in fetal attachment scores were observed between high- or low-risk women or their mates; women scored significantly higher than their mates. Very little variance (7% to 14%) in fetal attachment was explained by the test of causal models except for high-risk women's mates for whom 31% of the variance was explained.