Does a postnatal depression influence the mother-child relationship? Can a father with depressive or anxiety symptoms build up a secure attachment with his child? Does breastfeeding have consequences for the bond between mother and child? These and more questions are examined in a Longitudinal Population-Based Study.

The Generation R Study is conducted by the Erasmus Medical Center in close collaboration with the School of Law and Faculty of Social Sciences of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Municipal Health Service Rotterdam area, Rotterdam, the Rotterdam Homecare Foundation, Rotterdam and the Stichting Trombosedienst & Artsenlaboratorium Rijnmond (STAR), Rotterdam. We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of general practitioners, hospitals, midwives and pharmacies in Rotterdam. The first phase of the Generation R Study is made possible by financial support from the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw). The present study was supported by additional grants from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, grant no. 400-04-182, grant no. 452-04-306 (VIDI), grant no. 453-09-003 (VICI) and NWO SPINOZA prize
M.H. van IJzendoorn (Rien) , M.J. Bakermans-Kranenburg (Marian) , F.C. Verhulst (Frank)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Tharner, A. (2011, June 28). Parents and Infants: Determinants of Attachment in a Longitudinal Population-Based Study. Retrieved from