Exploration of childhood influences on the development of first-time mothers’ prenatal parenting expectations.
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Author/sZaki, Nour Mohsen
During the transition to motherhood, the woman is moving from seeking care from her own caregivers to also providing care to her own baby in the near future (i.e. she is becoming an attachment figure herself). This transition may, therefore, be triggering attachment insecurities for some pregnant women – especially those with adverse childhoods. The purpose of this research is to examine the effect of attachment style and how one was parented (represented by parental care, parental over-protection, and parenting style) on parental expectations during the first trimester of pregnancy (represented by the desire to have children (DTC), perceived ability to relate to children (PARC), meaning associated with motherhood, and preoccupations regarding becoming a mother). A sample of 100 Spanish first-time pregnant women was studied. Respondents with a secure attachment style were more likely to have more positive prenatal expectations than the ones with insecure attachment. Secure attachmen...