A new Mother-to-Infant Bonding Scale: links with early maternal mood

Taylor, A., Adams, D., Atkins, R. and Glover, V. (2005) A new Mother-to-Infant Bonding Scale: links with early maternal mood. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 8 (1). pp. 45-51. ISSN 1434-1816

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Abstract

Some mothers find it hard to relate to their new baby, and such failure may have long-term effects on the infant. This has been a neglected area of research. A new simple 8 item self-rating mother-to-infant bonding questionnaire has been designed to assess the feelings of a mother towards her new baby. A principal components and reliability analysis demonstrated an alpha score of 0.71. One hundred and sixty two women filled in the Kennerley Blues Scale, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) the Highs Scale and the new Mother to Infant Bonding Scale on day 3 postpartum. Twelve weeks later they were sent the EPDS and the Bonding scales again. One hundred and forty four returned all questionnaires. There was a strong correlation between the Bonding scores at 3 days and at 12 weeks (rs=0.54 p<0.001).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prospective study; Mother-infant bonding; Postnatal depression; Blues; Highs
Subjects: Medicine and health > Mental health
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Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2012 10:51
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2015 09:32
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/131

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