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Korean J Women Health Nurs. 2010 Jun;16(2):177-185. Korean. Original Article.
Sung MH , Choi MR , Um OB .
Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Inje University, Korea.
Sanggye-Paik Hospital, Korea.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of early contact between mothers and infants on attachment behaviors. METHODS: The participants were purposely allocated to an experimental group (n=20) and a control group (n=20). For the experimental group, early contact between mothers and newborns took place for 10 minutes. Mother-infant attachment was assessed in the nursery. Data analysis was done using frequency, percentage, chi2 test, mean, standard deviation, and t-test with the SPSS/WIN program. RESULTS: The experimental group practicing early mother-infant contact, showed a higher degree of identifying behaviors (p<.05), modalities of interaction (p<.05), and caretaking behaviors (p<.05) than the control group. CONCLUSION: The early mother-infant contact at 2 hours post-delivery had positive effects on mother-infant attachment. Therefore an early contact can be recommended for all mothers-to-be as a way of improving mother-infant relationships.

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