Nursing interventions for improving paternal-infant attchment
Attachment is a psychological connection between two or more individuals. Paternal -infant attachment is significant to the social and physical health of the infant and father. There is a gap in the literature regarding the importance of attachment between father and infant. The purpose of this thesis was to review the available literature about paternal-infant attachment and to determine promising nursing interventions to promote successful paternal-infant attachment. An integrative review of research was performed using the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL). MEDLINE, PsychINFO, PsychArticles and Academic Search Premier. The key terms that were used to search the databases were: paternal, father, infant, newborn, bonding, attachment, feelings and relationship. Ten studies were examined in detail. Nursing interventions found to improve paternal-infant attachment are based on education, improving the psychological well-being of both the father and infant and decreasing anxiety or stress the father may feel before and after the birth process. Multiple methods to improve overall paternal-infant attachment are recommended.
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
Dissertations, Academic -- Nursing;Nursing -- Dissertations, Academic
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Merritt, Christi J., "Nursing interventions for improving paternal-infant attchment" (2010). HIM 1990-2015. 1026.