The Effect of a Mother’s Level of Attachment and Her Emotional Intelligence on a Child’s Health during Its First Year of Life


The aim of this study was to investigate the possibility of predicting the health of a child during its first year by using the mother’s emotional intelligence and the level of her attachment to the child. Serving as test subjects were 50 mother-child pairs during the first year of life and 50 mother-child pairs during the second year of life (altogether 200 individuals). It was shown that the likelihood of dismissing a diagnosis given to a child at a maternity clinic depends on the level of the mother’s acceptance of the child and not on her emotional intelligence and anxiety.

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Nikolaeva, E. & Merenkova, V. (2013). The Effect of a Mother’s Level of Attachment and Her Emotional Intelligence on a Child’s Health during Its First Year of Life. Psychology, 4, 483-487. doi: 10.4236/psych.2013.45068.

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