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SUAREZ-DELUCCHI, Nicolás  and  HERRERA, Pablo. Men's Relationship With Their First Child During the First Six Months of Life: Father's Bonding Experience. Psykhe [online]. 2010, vol.19, n.2, pp.91-104. ISSN 0718-2228.

The main findings of a study that explored the experience of bonding among men with their first child during the first six months of life are reported. This study was conducted using qualitative methodology within a descriptive-analytical design. Data was collected using semi-structured interviews with 14 fathers, which were analyzed using grounded theory. The results were organized around elements of the father's Experience of Getting to Know Each Other, including: the father's care of the child, the child's confidence in the father, and mutual affection. The relevance of the following emerging intervening factors for a rewarding bonding experience is discussed: (a) identity changes, (b) relationship with the mother, and (c) available time-presence.

Keywords : men; father; experience; bond.

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