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The Response of Black Mothers to the [ill]irth of an Albino Infant

[ill]nnifer G. R. Kromberg, PhD; Esther M. Zwane, RN; Trefor Jenkins, MD
Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(8):911-916. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460080097038.
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• The nature of the response of 37 [ill]ack mothers to their albino infants, in [ill]mparison with matched controls, was [ill]vestigated longitudinally by means of [ill]terviews and observations. Mothers [ill]ere found initially to be depressed and [ill]happy, uncomfortable with close con[ill]ct with their infants, and reluctant to [ill]old and breast-feed them. When ob[ill]erved in interaction with the infants, the [ill]others showed fewer behaviors in [ill]omparison with the controls. Three [ill]onths later the mothers appeared to be [ill]teracting normally with their infants, [ill]ut they expressed feelings of unhap[ill]ness that persisted until the infants [ill]eached 9 months of age. The birth of an [ill]bino infant seems to cause a de lay in [ill]aternal attachment and a sadness [ill]imilar to that described in connection [ill]ith the birth of an infant with other [ill]ongenital disorders.

(AJDC 1987;141:911-916)

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