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Social Nesting

Title: Social Nesting: Social Bonding during Pregnancy.
Name(s): Brady, Anna C., author
Department of Psychology
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Pregnancy is a physiologically and psychologically stressful time for women. To alleviate some of the costs associated with pregnancy and infant caregiving, women may engage in social-nesting (i.e. forming close social bonds with others) as parturition nears. To assess what factors might promote social-nesting behavior, pregnant women answered questionnaires about their pregnancy and about their social behavior. Nulliparous pregnant women (those who had not yet had a child) who were 1) closer to their due date and 2) experiencing pregnancy-related complications were expected to exhibit social-nesting behavior, as assessed by the state of their relationships with close others at the time of measurement, compared to before they were pregnant. Results provide preliminary support for the social-nesting hypothesis, and indicate that the degree to which women bring close others even closer during pregnancy is influenced by 1) their level of parenting experience, 2) how close they are to their due date, and 3) whether they may be in particular need of assistance from others with regards to raising their newborn.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0465 (IID)
Keywords: Social Nesting, Social Bonding, Pregnancy
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: November 17, 2014.
Subject(s): Psychology
Social psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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Brady, A. C. (2014). Social Nesting: Social Bonding during Pregnancy. Retrieved from