Revista Salud Uninorte
versão On-line ISSN 2011-7531
AMAR AMAR, José J; PESELLIN ANDRADE, Mónica e TIRADO GARCIA, Diana. Attachment tha parents establish with born children of multiple pregnancies. Salud, Barranquilla [online]. 2009, vol.25, n.2, pp. 232-244. ISSN 2011-7531.
Objective: Characterize the link of attachment that parents (mother-father) establish with born children of multiple pregnancies. Materials and Methods: The design of the investigation was descriptive. Six couples belonging to the Colombia's 5 and 6 strata (Colombian system of classification by economic status) from the city of Barranquilla (six mothers and six fathers) with multiple children (2 pairs of identical twins and 4 of triplets) whose ages ranged between 0 and 3 years of age. A semi-structured interview was designed, that contained the analysis categories: Acceptance, Availability, and Feelings expression. This instrument was submitted into a process of validation by part of the expert jury and to the application of a pilot test. Results: The mothers described the multiple maternity as unique and special. Nevertheless, they tended to show anxiety, fears and worries during the pregnancy before the idea of preparing several children simultaneously. The worries were turning principally about the topic of the physical and cognitive health of their children. The parents lived the gestation with diverse dreads associated with the health of their couple and children, and they described the experience as hard, difficult and terrorizing. Conclusions: The mothers tend to idealize maternity and their role as caretakers much more than fathers do; in addition they are characterized by excessive and anxious attention to the requirements of the children.
Palavras-chave : Codependency; family; multiple pregnancies.