Purpose: To investigate the possible effects of the fetal echocardiographyexperience on the prenatal attachment process. The predictive effect ofspecific women’s psychological variables will be explored as well.Design and methods: This between groups study involved 85 womenwith pregnancy at risk who underwent the fetal echocardiography, and83 women who were about to undergo the morphological scan. The toolsemployed were: the Prenatal Attachment Inventory (P.A.I.) to explore thematernal-fetal attachment; the Maternity Social Support Scale to investigatethe woman perception of being socially supported during pregnancy; both theBig Five Questionnaire and the FACES III to explore the personality traits ofpregnant women and their perception of their couple relationship functioning.Findings: The outcomes of ANOVA do not show statistically significantdifferences between the two groups of the mothers-to-be with regard to thescores of the P.A.I. (F = .017; p = .897; η 2 = .000), while the regressionanalysis of the possible effect of the maternal psychological variables on themother-fetus relationship shows a statistically significant result only withregard to the “social support” variable (r 2 = .061; df = 80; p = .025).Conclusions: It would seem that the process of the prenatal attachmentdevelops independently whether the woman has to undergo a first levelscreening or a second level examination such as the fetal echocardiography.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Pediatric and Neonatal Individualized Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
Polizzi, C., Perricone, G., Fontana, V., Fontana, V., Carollo, A., Marceca, M., & Duca, V. (2017). A study on maternal-fetal attachment in pregnant women undergoing fetal echocardiography. Journal of Pediatric and Neonatal Individualized Medicine, 6.