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How mothers with borderline personality disorder relate to their year-old infants.
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PMID:  19794201     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Women with borderline personality disorder have conflictual interpersonal relations that may extend to disrupted patterns of interaction with their infants. AIMS: To assess how women with borderline personality disorder engage with their 12 to 18-month-old infants in separation-reunion episodes. METHOD: We videotaped mother-infant interactions in separation-reunion episodes of the Strange Situation test. The mothers were women with borderline personality disorder, with depression, or without psychopathological disorder. Masked ratings of maternal behaviour were made with the Atypical Maternal Behavior Instrument for Assessment and Classification. RESULTS: As predicted, a higher proportion (85%) of women with borderline personality disorder than women in the comparison groups showed disrupted affective communication with their infants. They were also distinguished by the prevalence of frightened/disoriented behaviour. CONCLUSIONS: Maternal borderline personality disorder is associated with dysregulated mother-infant communication.
R Peter Hobson; Matthew P H Patrick; Jessica A Hobson; Lisa Crandell; Elisa Bronfman; Karlen Lyons-Ruth
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science     Volume:  195     ISSN:  1472-1465     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2009 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-01     Completed Date:  2009-12-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0342367     Medline TA:  Br J Psychiatry     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  325-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Developmental Psychopathology Research Unit, Tavistock Clinic and Institute of Child Health, University College, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety, Separation
Borderline Personality Disorder / psychology*
Child of Impaired Parents / psychology*
Child, Preschool
Cohort Studies
Maternal Behavior / psychology*
Mother-Child Relations*
Mothers / psychology
Parenting / psychology
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Videotape Recording
Young Adult

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