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AVAILABLE INSTRUMENTS FOR Research on Prenatal Attachment and Adaptation to Pregnancy

Beck, Cheryl Tatano DNSc, CNM, FAAN

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: January-February 1999 - Volume 24 - Issue 1 - p 25-32
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Research, clinical practice, and cost-effective nursing care are all interrelated and are dependent on the use of reliable and valid instruments. Critical to the success of any research study is the choice of instruments to measure key variables. Locating existing instruments for use in nursing research is an important but often labor-intensive activity. This article provides a review of some available instruments that measure two key clinical phenomena particular to the prenatal period: maternal-fetal and paternal-fetal attachment and adaptation to pregnancy. Examples of specific nursing studies that utilize these instruments are presented along with an assessment of the instruments' reliability and validity. Both nurse researchers and clinicians can benefit from this review of selected instruments used during the prenatal period.

Cheryl Tatano Beck is a Professor at the University of Connecticut, School of Nursing, Storrs, Connecticut. She can be reached at the University of Connecticut, School of Nursing U-26, 231 Glenbrook Road, Storrs, Connecticut 06269-0226. E-mail: cbeck@uconnvm.uconn.edu

© 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.