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1898 Maternal Attachment in Mothers of Under-25 and Over-35 age groups who Have Babies of 1–4 Months Old with Colic Diagnosis
  1. BC Demirbag1,
  2. M Kurtuncu Tanir2
  1. 1Public Health Nursing, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon
  2. 2Pediatric Nursing, Zonguldak Karaelmas University, Zonguldak, Turkey

Abstract

Background and Aims Maternal attachment (MA) is important in terms of mother-infant relationship. The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors that affect MA in mothers of under-25 and over-35 age groups with infants of 1–4 months old with colic diagnosis.

Method The study was carried out in a family health center in Trabzon between 15 December 2010 and 15 February 2012. 47 mothers from under-25 age group and 49 mothers from over-35 age group consented to participate in the study. The study employed a socio-demographic data collection form and a Maternal Attachment Inventory (MAI). Numbers, percentages, means, standard deviations, student t-test, Fisher Exact chi-square, one-way ANOVA and correlation were used in the statistical analyses.

Results The mean MA of mothers in the under-25 age group was found to be 95.76±6.73, while in the over-35 age group it was found to be 92.47±8.33. There is no statistically significant difference between the means of the MAIs of both groups (t=1.942 p=0.36). In both groups, the study found a statistically significant difference (p<0.05) between the means of the MAIs and the factors of receiving prenatal education (t=–0.141 p=0.01; t=0.404 p=0.01), mothers’ education (F=0.622 p=0.02; F=0.108 p=0.03), planned pregnancy (t=2.617 p=0.01; t=–0.850 p=0.04), and keeping the baby in the mother’s room after birth (t=–1.201 p=0.02; t=–0.703 p=0.03) (respectively).

Conclusions Except for the factors of duration of breast-feeding and working, the MA factors are similar in mothers of different age groups.

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