Prenatal and Postnatal Attachment Among Turkish Mothers Diagnosed with a Mental Health Disorder

Ozcan N. , Boyacioglu N. E. , Dikec G., Dinc H. , Enginkaya S., TOMRUK N.

ISSUES IN MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, vol.39, no.9, pp.795-801, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01612840.2018.1455773
  • Page Numbers: pp.795-801


The presence of a mental disorder in the mother is one of the key factors affecting attachment. The present study aimed to evaluate prenatal and postnatal attachment among mothers diagnosed with a mental health disorder by comparing them to a healthy group. The patient group included women who received follow-up care in a psychiatric clinic (74 pregnant and 75 postpartum), and the healthy group consisted of women who attended a follow-up polyclinic (118 pregnant and 82 postpartum). Data were collected using questionnaire forms, including the Prenatal Attachment Inventory and the Maternal Attachment Scale. Mothers diagnosed with a mental health disorder were determined to have lower attachment scores than the healthy group, both during the prenatal and postnatal periods. The literature suggests that mothers diagnosed with a mental health disorder showed low maternal attachment scores during pregnancy and/or the postnatal period. Psychiatric nurses should be involved in initiatives that may increase the prenatal and maternal attachment.