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Attachment representations in mothers of preterm infants.
Infant Behav Dev. 2009 Jun; 32(3):305-11.IB

Abstract

The aim of the study was to assess attachment representations in mothers of preterm infants using the Working Model of Child Interview (WMCI) at the 12 months of the infant's corrected age. In addition, the relation between WMCI representation categories and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale score at 6 months of the infant's corrected age was studied. There were 38 mothers of preterm infants (<1500 g or <32 gestational weeks) and 45 mothers of full-term infants. The results showed no differences between the study groups in the distribution of the three main representation categories (balanced, disengaged and distorted). However, there were qualitative differences in representations between the groups. Furthermore, maternal depression symptoms were associated with distorted representation category. We suggest that despite the qualitative differences in the mothers' representations, mothers of preterm infants are as likely to form balanced attachments with their infants as mothers of full-term infants.

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Department of Child Psychiatry, Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland. riikka.korja@utu.fiNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo 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

19446341

Citation

Korja, Riikka, et al. "Attachment Representations in Mothers of Preterm Infants." Infant Behavior & Development, vol. 32, no. 3, 2009, pp. 305-11.
Korja R, Savonlahti E, Haataja L, et al. Attachment representations in mothers of preterm infants. Infant Behav Dev. 2009;32(3):305-11.
Korja, R., Savonlahti, E., Haataja, L., Lapinleimu, H., Manninen, H., Piha, J., & Lehtonen, L. (2009). Attachment representations in mothers of preterm infants. Infant Behavior & Development, 32(3), 305-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2009.04.003
Korja R, et al. Attachment Representations in Mothers of Preterm Infants. Infant Behav Dev. 2009;32(3):305-11. PubMed PMID: 19446341.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Attachment representations in mothers of preterm infants. AU - Korja,Riikka, AU - Savonlahti,Elina, AU - Haataja,Leena, AU - Lapinleimu,Helena, AU - Manninen,Hanna, AU - Piha,Jorma, AU - Lehtonen,Liisa, AU - ,, Y1 - 2009/05/14/ PY - 2008/07/10/received PY - 2009/01/28/revised PY - 2009/04/13/accepted PY - 2009/5/19/entrez PY - 2009/5/19/pubmed PY - 2009/8/26/medline SP - 305 EP - 11 JF - Infant behavior & development JO - Infant Behav Dev VL - 32 IS - 3 N2 - The aim of the study was to assess attachment representations in mothers of preterm infants using the Working Model of Child Interview (WMCI) at the 12 months of the infant's corrected age. In addition, the relation between WMCI representation categories and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale score at 6 months of the infant's corrected age was studied. There were 38 mothers of preterm infants (<1500 g or <32 gestational weeks) and 45 mothers of full-term infants. The results showed no differences between the study groups in the distribution of the three main representation categories (balanced, disengaged and distorted). However, there were qualitative differences in representations between the groups. Furthermore, maternal depression symptoms were associated with distorted representation category. We suggest that despite the qualitative differences in the mothers' representations, mothers of preterm infants are as likely to form balanced attachments with their infants as mothers of full-term infants. SN - 1934-8800 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19446341/Attachment_representations_in_mothers_of_preterm_infants_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0163-6383(09)00046-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -