Korean J Women Health Nurs.  2009 Sep;15(3):205-215. 10.4069/kjwhn.2009.15.3.205.

Childhood Experiences, Paternal Attachment and Paternal Role of Primiparous Spouses

  • 1Department of Nursing, Munkyung College, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Inje University, Korea. nursmh@inje.ac.kr


This study aims to provide foundational data for preparing for educational programs on the roleof a father that are designed to help primiparous spouses carry out the paternal role successfully. METHODS: This study was conducted in two OB/GYN clinics and a study sample of 277 primiparous spouses who satisfied the selection criteria was selected. RESULTS: Of the correlation among the childhood experiences, paternal attachment and role of a father of the subjects, the childhood experiences had a positive correlation with the paternal-infant attachment and the role of a father. The paternal-infant attachment and the role of a father also had a positive correlation. CONCLUSION: An infant is influenced primarily by his or her parents, who will have immense influences on the child's growth and development. Since the paternal-infant attachment is closely related to the role of a father, thedevelopment of positivepaternal-infant attachment must be preceded in order for a primiparous spouse to carry out the role of a father successfully. Therefore, the development of nursing intervention programs is needed to foster the proper understandingof the roleof a father, accommodate the practical needs of primiparous spouses and nurture the paternal-infant attachment for the promotion of realistic, successful role of a father.


Life Experiences; Object Attachment; Role

MeSH Terms

Growth and Development
Life Change Events
Object Attachment
Patient Selection


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