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THE EFFECT OF COVİD 19 FEAR ON MATERNAL ATTACHMENT IN THE POSTPARTUM PERIOD

GİZEM ÇITAK ÖZGÜR ALPARSLAN SELİN IŞIK

Pediatric Practice and Research - 2024;12(1):26-31

 

Objective: This study was conducted to determine the effects of COVID-19 fear experienced by mothers during the pandemic on maternal attachment. Materials and Method: This descriptive and cross-sectional study was conducted between 15.03.2022-15.04.2022 with 170 puerperium hospitalized in the obstetrics and gynecology department of a state hospital. Data were collected using the Personal Information Form, COVID-19 Fear Scale and Maternal Attachment Scale (MATS) created by the researchers. Findings: Among the puerperas included in the study, 62.4% were between 26-35 years of age, 51.8% were high school graduates, 68.8% were unemployed, and 47.6% lived on minimum wage. According to multivariate linear regression analysis, it was found that the total score of the MBS affected age, occupation, income status and social security status and was a significant predictor of fear of COVID-19 (p<0.05). It was determined that there was a very weak, negative, significant relationship between the total score of the MBS and the total score of the fear of COVID-19 scale (p<0.005). Conclusion: It is seen that the COVID-19 period negatively affects maternal attachment. It is especially important for midwives and nurses who are primarily responsible for care to provide qualified prenatal care during pregnancy and to ensure and maintain the continuity of postnatal care.