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Maternal reflective functioning and child internalising and externalising difficulties in the context of child sexual abuse / Le fonctionnement réflexif maternel et les symptômes intériorisés et extériorisés d’enfants victimes d’une agression sexuelle

Ensink, K; Bégin, M; Normandin, L; Biberdzic, M; Vohl, G; Fonagy, P; (2016) Maternal reflective functioning and child internalising and externalising difficulties in the context of child sexual abuse / Le fonctionnement réflexif maternel et les symptômes intériorisés et extériorisés d’enfants victimes d’une agression sexuelle. Revue Québécoise de Psychologie , 37 (3) pp. 117-133. Green open access

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Abstract

Objectives were to examine 1) the relative contributions of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and maternal reflective functioning (MRF) in explaining child internalising and externalising, and 2) whether MRF moderated the relationship between CSA and child difficulties. Participants were 154 mothers, including 64 mothers of children with histories of CSA. MRF was assessed with the Parent Development Interview-Revised and children’s psychosocial difficulties with the Child Behavior Checklist. MRF was the only significant predictor of child internalising and externalising difficulties in a model where CSA and MRF were considered simultaneously. MRF moderated the relationship between CSA and child internalising, suggesting that the parent’s capacity to mentalize and imagine the child’s psychological experience has a protective function in the context of CSA. / Cette étude avait pour objectifs d’évaluer les liens entre les agressions sexuelles en enfance (ASE), le fonctionnement réflexif maternel (FRM) et les difficultés psychosociales chez les enfants ainsi que le rôle modérateur du FRM dans la relation entre l’ASE et les difficultés chez les enfants. L’échantillon incluait 154 mères, dont 64 mères d’un enfant ayant vécu une ASE. Le Parent Development Interview-Revised et le Child Behavior Checklist ont permis de mesurer le FRM et les difficultés psychosociales respectivement. Une analyse acheminatoire montre que seul le FRM était significativement associé aux comportements intériorisés et extériorisés, et qu’il jouait un rôle modérateur dans la relation entre l’ASE et les difficultés intériorisées, suggérant un effet protecteur du FRM suite à une ASE.

Type: Article
Title: Maternal reflective functioning and child internalising and externalising difficulties in the context of child sexual abuse / Le fonctionnement réflexif maternel et les symptômes intériorisés et extériorisés d’enfants victimes d’une agression sexuelle
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://oraprdnt.uqtr.uquebec.ca/pls/public/gscw03...
Language: French
Keywords: Fonctionnement réflexif maternel, mentalisation, agressions sexuelles, comportements intériorisés, comportements extériorisés, maternal reflective functioning, mentalizing, sexual abuse, internalising, externalising
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1529321
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