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Borderline personality disorder, mother-infant interaction and parenting perceptions: preliminary findings.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17558622     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Parents diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are likely to find the emotional aspects of parenting challenging. Research into the difficulties that these parents experience, however, is lacking. The aims of the present study were to (i) gain an understanding of the interactional patterns of mothers with BPD and their infants and (ii) to explore the parenting perceptions of mothers with BPD. METHOD: Two groups of mother-infant dyads were recruited: mothers with BPD and their infants; and community mothers and their infants. Groups were compared on mother-infant interaction patterns and on maternal self-perceptions of parenting. RESULTS: Mothers with BPD were found to be less sensitive and demonstrated less structuring in their interaction with their infants, and their infants were found to be less attentive, less interested and less eager to interact with their mother. Furthermore, mothers with BPD reported being less satisfied, less competent and more distressed. CONCLUSIONS: Early intervention needs to be provided to mothers with BPD to promote maternal sensitivity and maternal perceptions of competence.
Louise K Newman; Caroline S Stevenson; Lindy R Bergman; Philip Boyce
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0004-8674     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2007 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-06-11     Completed Date:  2007-10-04     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0111052     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  598-605     Citation Subset:  IM    
NSW Institute of Psychiatry, Parramatta, BC, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Borderline Personality Disorder / diagnosis,  psychology*
Child of Impaired Parents / psychology
Depression, Postpartum / diagnosis,  psychology
Maternal Behavior / psychology
Mother-Child Relations*
Mothers / psychology*
New South Wales
Parenting / psychology*
Personality Assessment
Reference Values
Self Concept*
Stress, Psychological / complications

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