Fluctuations in adult attachment among experienced mothers during re-transitioning to motherhood

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Abstract

Transition to motherhood encompasses intensive caring for another and thus may activate adult attachment. The current study aimed to examine the fluctuations in adult attachment among the rarely examined population of experienced mothers during their re-transition to motherhood. A sample of 186 Israeli women was followed at the third trimester of pregnancy (T1), 2 months (T2) and 5 months (T3) after giving birth. Participants completed questionnaires regarding their background variables and adult attachment. The findings showed that while anxious attachment remained stable, avoidant attachment decreased from the end of pregnancy to 8 weeks and 5 months after delivery. Despite its relative stability, adult attachment may fluctuate during significant life transitions in a way that is adjusted to the demands of the changing reality. This fluctuation may occur even when individuals have already experienced a life transition.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

Keywords

  • Adult attachment
  • Experienced mothers
  • Transition to motherhood

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