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The Maternal-Infant Bond: Clarifying the Concept.

Authors
  • Hill, Rebecca1
  • Flanagan, Jane2
  • 1 MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing and PhD student at Boston College Connell School of Nursing.
  • 2 Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing.
Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of nursing knowledge
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
Volume
31
Issue
1
Pages
14–18
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/2047-3095.12235
PMID: 30623601
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to provide a description of bonding as a concept using Walker and Avant's (2005) concept analysis guidelines. Data sources include dictionaries and online health databases. Data synthesis revealed frequent misuse of the term attachment to represent the concept of bonding. There are distinct differences between attachment and bonding and the current nursing diagnosis Risk for impaired attachment more accurately represents the concept of bonding. Revision of this NANDA-I diagnosis may improve diagnosis identification, interventions, and nursing care for mothers and children. © 2019 NANDA International, Inc.

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