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Schizophrenia, mental state, and mother-infant interaction: examining the relationship.
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PMID:  10619219     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to examine the role that disturbance of mental state of hospitalised mothers with a postpartum schizophrenic illness plays in determining the quality of mother-infant interactions. METHOD: We examined the relationship between the nature and severity of symptomatology in mothers with schizophrenia and the quality of her interactions with her infant in a sample of 15 mother-infant dyads admitted to a psychiatric Mother-Baby Unit. Data were obtained at admission and discharge. RESULTS: Mothers with florid positive symptoms and prominent negative symptoms of schizophrenia and their infants were identified as being at particular risk of displaying disturbed interactions. The adverse contribution of negative symptoms was often not evident until after the positive symptoms had resolved. CONCLUSIONS: Given that negative symptoms are often treatment resistant, optimal care of mothers with schizophrenia and their infants needs to involve ongoing therapeutic intervention which specifically addresses disturbances of mother-infant interaction. Further research is required to identify which interventions are likely to be of greatest benefit.
M Snellen; K Mack; T Trauer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0004-8674     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1999 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-02-02     Completed Date:  2000-02-02     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0111052     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  902-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Albert Road Centre for Health, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Child of Impaired Parents / psychology
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Behavior
Mother-Child Relations*
Object Attachment
Patient Admission
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Puerperal Disorders / diagnosis,  psychology*
Risk Factors
Schizophrenia / diagnosis*
Schizophrenic Psychology*

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