Most research exploring attachment has been concerned with the development of the infant’s attachment to his or her parents, especially to the mother Historically, much less attention has been devoted to the parental attachment systems—the parents’ growth of love for the infant. A major step toward looking at the development of parental attachment came about through pioneering work of Klaus and Kennell and their associates (Klaus, Jerauld, Kreger, McAlpine, Steffa, & Kennell, 1972; Klaus & Kennell, 1976) who explored the manifestations of the mother’s tie to her infant in the time shortly after the infant’s birth. Subsequently, investigations have extended to the forgotten member of the triad—the father. Now, additional research has led to a need for reassessing the nature of the parent—infant attachment system.
KeywordsMaternal Behavior Delivery Room Parental Attachment Attachment System Maternal Attachment
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