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Maternal Separation Anxiety: A longitudinal analysis with well-educated, working mothers

Gee, Amy Delaplane (2008) Maternal Separation Anxiety: A longitudinal analysis with well-educated, working mothers. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This associational study examines Maternal Separation Anxiety in a sample of at least college educated, employed mothers with young children in non-maternal care selected from Phase I of the National Institutes of Child Health and Development study of early child care. The study provides descriptive data on maternal separation anxiety from 6 months to 24 months after birth of a child, its association with indices of mother-child relations, and whether these associations are merely a manifestation of general neuroticism/anxiety or depressive symptoms, or if there is something unique about maternal separation anxiety of relevance to mother-child relations. Self-report and observational data on 147 mothers indicated that maternal separation anxiety showed high individual stability, but on average decreased over time. Maternal personality characteristics and maternal education level showed modest associations with MSA. However, MSA was associated with neither observed maternal behavior at day care drop-offs and pick-ups, nor infant-mother attachment in the expected patterns. Results suggest that MSA may not be a fruitful approach to thinking about parenting in a White, well-educated sample of women.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Gee, Amy Delaplaneadgst26@pitt.eduADGST26
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairVondra, Joan Ivondra@pitt.eduVONDRA
Committee MemberGreeno, Catherine GGreenoCG@upmc.eduKGREENO
Committee MemberGroark, Christina Jcgroark@pitt.eduCGROARK
Committee MemberMatsumura, Lindsay Clarelclare@pitt.eduLCLARE
Date: 30 June 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 7 April 2008
Approval Date: 30 June 2008
Submission Date: 22 April 2008
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Psychology in Education
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: childcare; maternal personality; mother-child relations; parenting
Other ID:, etd-04222008-130915
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:40
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2016 14:35


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