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Development of Father-Infant Attachment in Fathers of Preterm Infants

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Purpose: To investigate the development of feelings of attachment between fathers and their preterm infants and to identify factors that help or hinder this process.

Design: A longitudinal descriptive design was used to obtain fathers!' perceptions of their infants, feelings for their infants, and other related factors.

Sample: A convenience sample of 27 fathers of preterm infants was recruited.

Main Outcome Variable: The main outcome variable was the time at which fathers first held their infants.

Results: The earlier fathers held their babies, the sooner they reported feelings of warmth and love for them.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1999

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