parent-newborn attachment


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parent-newborn attachment

The unconscious incorporation of the infant into the family unit. Characteristic parental behavior includes making eye contact with the infant, touching the infant with their fingertips, calling the infant by name, and recognizing of physical and behavioral similarities with other family members. Attachment is enhanced or impeded by the infant's responses.
See: bonding, mother-infant; engrossment; position, en face
See also: attachment
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