Laying the groundwork for social and emotional development: Prenatal attachment, childbirth experiences, and neonatal attachment

Tiffany N. Spierling, Lucia Ciciolla, Stacy Tiemeyer, Karina M. Shreffler

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Abstract

Attachment to caregivers plays a critical role in the social and emotional development of children. The foundation of the caregiver-infant relationship begins before birth and continues to develop after birth. There are both threats to prenatal and neonatal attachment and factors that promote early bonding and social and emotional development during this time. This chapter focuses on the early relationships between infants and caregivers and is divided into three sections reflecting distinct periods (prenatal, childbirth, and postnatal). Descriptions of social and emotional development and attachment, contextual influences, and assessments are highlighted in each section.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding Early Social and Emotional Relationships with Infants and Toddlers
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating Research and Practice
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages27-57
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9783030031107
ISBN (Print)9783030031091
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Attachment
  • Birth
  • Infant
  • Maternal-Fetal bonding
  • Postnatal
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal

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    Spierling, T. N., Ciciolla, L., Tiemeyer, S., & Shreffler, K. M. (2019). Laying the groundwork for social and emotional development: Prenatal attachment, childbirth experiences, and neonatal attachment. In Building Early Social and Emotional Relationships with Infants and Toddlers: Integrating Research and Practice (pp. 27-57). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03110-7_2