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Maternal Separation Anxiety: Mother-Infant Separation from the Maternal Perspective
Ellen Hock, Susan McBride and M. Therese Gnezda
Vol. 60, No. 4 (Aug., 1989), pp. 793-802
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1131019
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Mother-infant separation from the maternal perspective is the focus of 2 studies reported here. First, a questionnaire, the Maternal Separation Anxiety Scale (MSAS), was developed and administered to 620 mothers soon after their infants were born and again 3 months later. The scale was highly reliable; factor analytic studies supported a 3-factor solution that served as the basis for forming 3 subscales labeled (1) Maternal Separation Anxiety, (2) Perception of Separation Effects on the Child, and (3) Employment-related Separation Concerns. In Study 2, maternal separation anxiety was assessed using the MSAS and other methods: an interview, an emotional status index (taken at the point of actual separation), and an observational index based on mothers' behavior during departure and reunion from their infants in a structured laboratory setting. Data from this multiple-measures approach supported the validity of the MSAS and verified the strength of the construct.
Child Development © 1989 Society for Research in Child Development