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Maternal representations, infant psychiatric status, and mother-child relationship in clinic-referred and non-referred infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19543936     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To examine the relations between maternal representations, infant socio-emotional difficulties, and mother-child relational behavior, 49 clinic-referred infants and their mothers were compared to 30 non-referred controls. Clinic-referred infants' psychiatric status was determined with the DC 0-3-R classification of Zeanah and Benoit (Child Adolesc Psychiatry Clin N Am 4:539-554, 1995) and controls were screened for socio-emotional difficulties. Mothers were interviewed with the parent development interview (Aber et al. in The parent development interview. Unpublished manuscript, 1985) and dyads were observed in free play and problem-solving interactions. Group differences emerged for maternal representations and relational behaviors. Representations of clinic-referred mothers were characterized by lower joy, coherence, and richness, and higher anger experienced in the mother-infant relationship compared to controls. During free play, clinic-referred mothers showed lower sensitivity and higher intrusiveness and provided less adequate instrumental and emotional assistance and support during problem solving. Referred children showed lower social engagement during free play. Associations were found among maternal representations, maternal interactive behavior, child social engagement, and the child's ability to self-regulate during a challenging task. These findings provide empirical support for theoretical and clinical perspectives suggesting a reciprocal link between maternal negative representations and mother and child's maladaptive behaviors in the context of early socio-emotional difficulties and mental health referrals.
Daphna Dollberg; Ruth Feldman; Miri Keren
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-06-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  European child & adolescent psychiatry     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1435-165X     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-17     Completed Date:  2010-03-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9212296     Medline TA:  Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  25-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Behavioral Sciences, Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, 61083 Yaffo, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Affective Symptoms / epidemiology,  psychology
Child Behavior / psychology
Child, Preschool
Infant Behavior / psychology
Internal-External Control
Interview, Psychological / methods
Maternal Behavior / psychology*
Mental Disorders / epidemiology*,  psychology
Mental Health / statistics & numerical data*
Mother-Child Relations*
Mothers / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Play and Playthings / psychology
Problem Solving
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / statistics & numerical data
Referral and Consultation / statistics & numerical data*
Social Behavior
Young Adult

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