volume 61, issue 3, P373-379 1978
DOI: 10.1542/peds.61.3.373
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K. Minde, S. Trehub, C. Corter, C. Boukydis, L. Celhoffer, P. Marton

Abstract: In an attempt to develop objective criteria for the process of mother-child bonding, 18 premature infants with a birth weight of less than 1,501 gm were regularly observed alone and together with their mothers during each nursery visit and three home visits, one, two, and three months after discharge from the hospital. Results indicate that (1) mothers visit longer and increase their caretaking behaviors over visits and remain consistent in the rank order of their caretaking behaviors over time. (2) Caretaking…

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