One new study suggests that infants who spend at least one overnight apart
from their mothers develop weaker attachments to their mothers than do
infants who only spend time with their father in the daytime, or infants
who spend fewer nights away from their homes. This study was conducted
by University of Virginia researchers, who examined a study of 5,000 infants
born between 1998 and 2000, and interviews with the child's parents
at three different times: at their kid's birth, when their baby was
one year old, and then when the child was three.
One of the researchers said that the strength of an infant's relationships
will affect their relationships even as adults. This is becoming of increasing
concern as divorced, separated, or unmarried parents often share
child custody. And this further means that a judge, who is often unaware of the infant's
best interests when it comes to psychological health, will be left to
These researchers suggest that it is in the child's best interests
to spend every night with the same parent, father or mother, when they
are still quite young. One researcher said, "We would want a child
to be attached to both parents, but in the case of separation a child
should have at least one good secure attachment." That measure of
stability can be crucial for the child's psychological health. One
of the research advisers said it would be ideal to have a custody arrangement
that progresses as the child ages, that overnights be limited in infancy,
while truly joint custody would not begin until the child reaches preschool.
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