Why is prenatal attachment important?
Simply put, how well the mother attaches to the baby in utero has an impact on how well the mother and baby will attach when the child is born. Healthy attachment is necessary for mental health and good relationships, both of which are essential for success with friends, partners, in education and in careers.
Prenatal attachment predisposes the infant to the nature of their attachment relationship in early childhood and is likely to remain stable throughout early childhood (Trombetta et al. 2021), therefore poor prenatal attachment may cause poor childhood attachment. Furthermore, it is indicative of the nature of attachment relationships after birth and a determinant of positive parenting (Benoit, Parker, and Zeanah 1997; Theran et al. 2005). For example, a Swedish study conducted in 2000 by Siddiqui and Hagglof found that those with higher scores on the Prenatal Attachment Inventory (a questionnaire designed to assess prenatal attachment) had significantly higher scores of observed maternal involvement, sensitivity and stimulation during interactions with their infants 12weeks following birth.
Parent-child attachment is essential for healthy psychological development, it provides a stable foundation for healthy child development. Healthy attachment has been evidenced to have a positive impact on a number of developmental factors including:
How is attachment impacted by technology?
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