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History of Childhood Abuse and Mother-infant Interaction: a Systematic Review of Observational Studies

Vaillancourt, K; Pawlby, S; Fearon, RMP; (2017) History of Childhood Abuse and Mother-infant Interaction: a Systematic Review of Observational Studies. Infant Mental Health Journal , 38 (2) pp. 226-248. 10.1002/imhj.21634. Green open access

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Abstract

Literature that has examined maternal self-reported history of abuse and an observational assessment of infant-mother interaction were reviewed. Electronic databases were searched, and studies that met predefined criteria were included. Fourteen (12 independent samples) studies were included and assessed for quality using the Effective Public Health Practice Project tool (National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools, 2008). Ten of the 14 studies found a direct or an indirect relationship between self-reported abuse and observed caregiving. The small number of studies and variation in sample characteristics and measurement limit conclusions. Of the studies that were rated of the highest quality, there is some consistency showing that the effect of maternal abuse history on caregiving may be via a third variable (i.e., stress reactivity or depressive symptoms). The current review discusses strengths and limitations of the existing literature and offers suggestions for future research.

Type: Article
Title: History of Childhood Abuse and Mother-infant Interaction: a Systematic Review of Observational Studies
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/imhj.21634
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21634
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: infant-mother interaction, attachment, childhood abuse, caregiving, stress, postpartum depression
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/1555645
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