This study compares the links among maternal idealization of the neonate, the assignment of early cognitive attainments to children, and the actual developmental outcome of the infant at 3 months of age in two subgroups in Israel. Mothers of 133 normal healthy neonates from two ethnic groups participated in the study. It was found that Ashkenazi (Western) mothers tended to view their newborn in a more favourable way than the Sephardic (Oriental) mothers. Among the latter group, an idealized perception was associated with better developmental progress of the infant.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology|
|State||Published - Feb 1997|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Acknowledgements: The research reported in this article was supported by grants from the fund for Basic Research administered by the Israel Academy of Sciences and by the Israel Foundation Trustees. The authors wish to thank the mothers and the staff of the Neonatology and Maternity wards at the Bnai Zion Medical Centre.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Reproductive Medicine
- Psychology (all)
- Obstetrics and Gynecology