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ABSTRACT

The relationship of perception of the childbirth experience and later mothering behaviors was studied among three age groups of first-time mothers (15 to 19, 20 to 29, and 30 to 42 years) at 1, 4, 8, and 12 months after birth. The perception of the birth experience had a significantly positive relationship with later maternal behaviors among the teenage group at all test periods, and among the 20-year-old group at all except the 8-month test period. The 30- to 42-year-old mothers' maternal behaviors were not related to their perceptions of the birth experience.