Deakin University
Browse
hart-theinfluence-2015A.pdf (5.14 MB)

The influence of maternal mental health, attachment and hormonal factors on a mother’s attachment to her fetus during pregnancy

Download (5.14 MB)
thesis
posted on 2015-07-01, 00:00 authored by Karyn Hart
The thesis investigated the role of maternal mental health, maternal attachment and hormones in the development of maternal-fetal attachment during pregnancy. The study found that oxytocin and cortisol were associated with maternal-fetal attachment throughout pregnancy. The study also found that maternal mental health, particularly anxiety, stress and depression during the prenatal period impacted on the development of maternal-fetal attachment across pregnancy. The findings have clinical and research implications with regard to early intervention for attachment and maternal well-being.

History

Pagination

226 pages : tables, graphs

Open access

  • Yes

Material type

thesis

Resource type

thesis

Language

eng

Degree type

Research doctorate

Degree name

DPsych(Clin)

Copyright notice

The Author. All Rights Reserved

Editor/Contributor(s)

A Lewis

Faculty

Faculty of Health

School

School of Psychology