Teenage pregnancy, attachment style, and depression: a comparison of teenage and adult pregnant women in a Portuguese series

Figueiredo, Barbara and Bifulco, Antonia and Pacheco, Alexandra and Costa, Raquel and Magarinho, Rute (2006) Teenage pregnancy, attachment style, and depression: a comparison of teenage and adult pregnant women in a Portuguese series. Attachment and Human Development, 8 (2). pp. 123-138. ISSN 1461-6734

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Abstract

The aim of this Portuguese study is to compare the experience of pregnancy in teenage years and later adulthood and to examine insecure attachment style as a risk factor for depression during pregnancy. The Attachment Style Interview (ASI) and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) were administered to 66 pregnant adolescents and 64 adult women. Pregnant teenagers were found to be nearly three times more likely to have an insecure attachment style of Enmeshed, Angry-Dismissive, or Fearful style than adults, all at high levels of impairment (54% vs.19%, p < .02). Logistic regression showed, when all risk factors were entered, highly Enmeshed style and poor partner support provided the best model for depression with age at pregnancy no longer adding. Insecure attachment style should be addressed in prevention and intervention strategies with teenage mothers.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: An abstract of this paper was published in Archives of Women's Mental Health, 2005, 8 (2), within a section called The Marce Society International Biennial Scientific Meeting. It is on p.128.
Keywords (uncontrolled): Attachment, depression, adolescent mothers, pregnancy
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS)
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 12613
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Depositing User: Natasa Blagojevic-Stokic
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 07:26
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:29
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12613

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