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The mother-child relationship following in vitro fertilisation (IVF): infant attachment, responsivity, and maternal sensitivity.
J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2000 Nov; 41(8):1015-23.JC

Abstract

Infant attachment and mother-child interaction were evaluated for 65 primiparous women and their singleton infants conceived through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and a control group of 61 women and their infants conceived naturally. The sample was enrolled during pregnancy as part of a longitudinal study. At 12 months postpartum, security of infant attachment was assessed using the Strange Situation procedure, and mother-child interaction was assessed in a free play context using the Emotional Availability Scales. IVF children demonstrated predominantly secure attachment relationships with their mothers (64.6% IVF, 55.9% controls), and there were no significant between-group differences in the proportion of IVF compared to control group children classified in any of the secure or insecure attachment groups. Furthermore, there were no significant group differences on maternal (sensitivity, structuring, hostility) or child (responsivity, involving) dimensions of interaction during play. The majority of IVF mothers (86%) were sensitive and their infants responsive (91%). Contrary to expectation, mother's ratings of greater anticipated infant difficultness assessed during pregnancy and higher ratings of infant temperament and behaviour difficulty assessed at 4 and 12 months postpartum were associated with secure attachment relationships and more optimal mother-child interaction in both the IVF and control groups.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Macquarie University and Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia. frgibson@laurel.ocs.mq.edu.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11099118

Citation

Gibson, F L., et al. "The Mother-child Relationship Following in Vitro Fertilisation (IVF): Infant Attachment, Responsivity, and Maternal Sensitivity." Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, vol. 41, no. 8, 2000, pp. 1015-23.
Gibson FL, Ungerer JA, McMahon CA, et al. The mother-child relationship following in vitro fertilisation (IVF): infant attachment, responsivity, and maternal sensitivity. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2000;41(8):1015-23.
Gibson, F. L., Ungerer, J. A., McMahon, C. A., Leslie, G. I., & Saunders, D. M. (2000). The mother-child relationship following in vitro fertilisation (IVF): infant attachment, responsivity, and maternal sensitivity. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, 41(8), 1015-23.
Gibson FL, et al. The Mother-child Relationship Following in Vitro Fertilisation (IVF): Infant Attachment, Responsivity, and Maternal Sensitivity. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2000;41(8):1015-23. PubMed PMID: 11099118.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The mother-child relationship following in vitro fertilisation (IVF): infant attachment, responsivity, and maternal sensitivity. AU - Gibson,F L, AU - Ungerer,J A, AU - McMahon,C A, AU - Leslie,G I, AU - Saunders,D M, PY - 2000/12/1/pubmed PY - 2001/6/2/medline PY - 2000/12/1/entrez SP - 1015 EP - 23 JF - Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines JO - J Child Psychol Psychiatry VL - 41 IS - 8 N2 - Infant attachment and mother-child interaction were evaluated for 65 primiparous women and their singleton infants conceived through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and a control group of 61 women and their infants conceived naturally. The sample was enrolled during pregnancy as part of a longitudinal study. At 12 months postpartum, security of infant attachment was assessed using the Strange Situation procedure, and mother-child interaction was assessed in a free play context using the Emotional Availability Scales. IVF children demonstrated predominantly secure attachment relationships with their mothers (64.6% IVF, 55.9% controls), and there were no significant between-group differences in the proportion of IVF compared to control group children classified in any of the secure or insecure attachment groups. Furthermore, there were no significant group differences on maternal (sensitivity, structuring, hostility) or child (responsivity, involving) dimensions of interaction during play. The majority of IVF mothers (86%) were sensitive and their infants responsive (91%). Contrary to expectation, mother's ratings of greater anticipated infant difficultness assessed during pregnancy and higher ratings of infant temperament and behaviour difficulty assessed at 4 and 12 months postpartum were associated with secure attachment relationships and more optimal mother-child interaction in both the IVF and control groups. SN - 0021-9630 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11099118/The_mother_child_relationship_following_in_vitro_fertilisation__IVF_:_infant_attachment_responsivity_and_maternal_sensitivity_ L2 - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/openurl?genre=article&sid=nlm:pubmed&issn=0021-9630&date=2000&volume=41&issue=8&spage=1015 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -