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Melodi Wynn

2006 Research

Abstract: Maternal Bonding Predicted by Risk and Resilience Factors

Mentor: Dr. Kayleen IslamZwart, Psychology

Following a review of literature pertaining to attachment, and while on a nine week undergraduate research assignment to examine the "MRI of infants exposed prenatally to drugs of abuse" study (NIDA R01DA017820) in New York City, I investigated the efficacy of designing a tool to predict maternal bonding and infant attachment outcomes in a high risk population. Items from a battery of prenatal measures used in the ongoing MRI study were carefully chosen for their ability to indicate risk and resilience toward maternal bonding. Items from postnatal measures were selected to indicate the level of healthy maternal bonding and infant attachment. Two different methods for potential prediction of level of bonding emerged from this effort, and are presented as future possibilities for a scale that can be tested to predict and effectively target intervention programs for pregnant women at risk for problems in bonding with their infants.

Presentations

15th McNair Conference and Graduate School Fair: Nov. 3-5, 2006

10th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 16,2007

University of Hawaii Campus Visit March 22-25, 2007

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