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When I look into my baby's eyes . . . Infant emotion recognition by mothers with borderline personality disorder.
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PMID:  25424403     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Mothers with borderline personality disorder (BPD) have disturbed relationships with their infants, possibly associated with poor nonverbal cue perception. Individuals with BPD are poor at recognizing emotion in adults and tend to misattribute neutral (i.e., no emotion) as sad. This study extends previous research by examining how mothers with BPD perceive known (own) and unknown (control) infant stimuli depicting happy, sad, and neutral emotions. The sample consisted of 13 women diagnosed with BPD and 13 healthy control mothers. All participants completed clinical and parenting questionnaires and an infant emotion recognition task. Compared to control mothers, mothers with BPD were significantly poorer at infant emotion recognition overall, but especially neutral expressions which were misattributed most often as sad. Performance was not related to disturbed parenting but rather mothers' age and illness duration. Neither the BPD nor control mothers showed enhanced accuracy for emotional displays of their own verses unknown infant-face images. Although the sample size was small, this study provides evidence that mothers with BPD negatively misinterpret neutral images, which may impact sensitive responding to infant emotional cues. These findings have implications for clinical practice and the development of remediation programs targeting emotion-perception disturbances in mothers with BPD.
Ricki-Leigh Elliot; Linda Campbell; Mick Hunter; Gavin Cooper; Jessica Melville; Kathryn McCabe; Louise Newman; Carmel Loughland
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2013-12-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Infant mental health journal     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1097-0355     ISO Abbreviation:  Infant Ment Health J     Publication Date:  2014 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-11-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8007859     Medline TA:  Infant Ment Health J     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  21-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2013 Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health.
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