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Maternal cognitions, psychopathologic symptoms, and infant temperament as predictors of early infant feeding problems: a longitudinal study.
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PMID:  16231348     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The current study examined the contribution of prenatal and postnatal maternal core beliefs, self-esteem, psychopathologic symptoms, and postnatal infant temperament to the prediction of infant feeding difficulties. METHOD: Ninety-nine women completed questionnaires assessing their core beliefs, psychopathology, and self-esteem during pregnancy and at 6 months postpartum. At 6 months, mothers also rated their infant's temperament and feeding, and were ob-served feeding their infants. RESULTS: Maternal reports of child feeding difficulties were predicted by higher levels of emotional deprivation and entitlement core beliefs and lower levels of self-sacrifice and enmeshment core beliefs during pregnancy. Postnatal social isolation core beliefs, lower maternal self-esteem, and more difficult infant temperament added significantly to the variance explained by prenatal factors. Maternal core beliefs, self-esteem, psychopathology, and infant temperament failed to significantly predict independent observations of child food refusal. CONCLUSION: Maternal cognitions are implicated in the development of maternal reports of feeding difficulty.
Claire Farrow; Jackie Blissett
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of eating disorders     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0276-3478     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Eat Disord     Publication Date:  2006 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-01-17     Completed Date:  2006-06-12     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8111226     Medline TA:  Int J Eat Disord     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  128-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Psychology, Dorothy Hodgkin Building, Keele University, Straffordshire, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Affective Symptoms / diagnosis,  psychology*
Child Behavior / psychology
Child of Impaired Parents / psychology*
Child, Preschool
Feeding and Eating Disorders of Childhood / diagnosis*,  psychology
Longitudinal Studies
Maternal Behavior / psychology
Mother-Child Relations
Mothers / psychology*
Observer Variation
Personality Assessment / statistics & numerical data
Personality Disorders / diagnosis,  psychology*
Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data
Statistics as Topic
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