A longitudinal study of father-to-infant attachment: antecedents and correlates

John Condon, Carolyn Corkindale, Philip Boyce, Elizabeth Gamble

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    Abstract

    Objective: Using data from the Australian First-Time Fathers Study, this article investigates the relationship between a father's antenatal attachment to his foetus and his subsequent attachment to his infant at 6 and 12 months postnatally. Method: 204 first-time expectant fathers were assessed, and subsequently reassessed at 6 and 12 months postpartum on a large number of measures (including attachment). Results: Findings highlight the strong continuity of attachment across these three assessment points, as well as the important influence of the man's partner relationship and mental well-being on his attachment. Conclusion: Pregnancy provides a potential window of opportunity for enhancing antenatal attachment in expectant fathers, with potential long-term benefits for the future father-child relationship.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)15-30
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
    Volume31
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • antenatal attachment
    • father-infant attachment
    • fatherhood
    • male mental health
    • partner relationship

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