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Attitudes of Postpartum Mothers Concerning Children and Child Rearing

Authors: JOHN R. SILVESTRO PhD, ABE R. FOSSON MD

Abstract

ABSTRACTTo assess contemporary maternal attitudes about children, child rearing, and family life, a 32-item attitude scale—the Parent Attitude Scale (PAS)—was developed and given to 523 postpartum mothers. The PAS was shown to be a highly reliable attitude assessment instrument. Maternal attitudes generally were pro-child in nature. Variations in total and individual item PAS scores were a function of maternal race, age, marital status, and employment status. Implications of the attitude survey for clinicians in terms of the treatment and prevention of developmental problems and for physician-parent interactions, are discussed.

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