The Influence of Lamaze Classes and Delivery Room Presence on Paternal Attachment Behavior

Date of Award

Spring 5-1982

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Ellis Q. Youngkin

Committee Member

Helen Yura

Committee Member

Ronald V. Singer

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.N8 S34


The purpose of this research was to determine the significance of attendance of Lamaze classes and(or presence in the delivery room on paternal attachment behaviors. Seventeen white, first-time fathers, ages 20 to 35, were observed in the mother's hospital room within 72 hours of birth using a modified paternal attachment tool. The behaviors observed included verbalization, inspection, holding, en face, smiling, and tactile response. Observations were scored on 30-second intervals for a total of 15 minutes. Fathers were then placed into one of the following groups: Group I (n 10) — Fathers from Lamaze classes and present in the delivery room; Group II (n=3) - Fathers from no classes and present in the delivery room; Group III (n 3) — Fathers from no classes and not present in the delivery room; Group IV (n 1) — Fathers from Lamaze classes and not present in the delivery room. Analysis of variance indicated no significant difference in individual or overall scores of attachment behaviors among the groups of fathers.


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