publication . Article . Other literature type . 2013

The impact of parents' mental health on parent-baby interaction: a prospective study.

Parfitt, Y.; Pike, A.; Ayers, S.;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2013 Journal: Infant Behavior and Development, volume 36, pages 599-608 (issn: 0163-6383, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Country: United Kingdom
The aims of the current study were to examine the effect of fathers’ and mothers’ pre and postnatal mental health on mother–infant and father–infant interactions. Mental health was broadly defined to include anxiety, depression and PTSD. A community sample of 44 mothers and 40 fathers from 45 families completed questionnaire measures of mental health in late pregnancy and three months postpartum. Mother–infant and father–infant interactions were observed and videoed three months postpartum and analysed using the CARE-index. Results showed that prenatal mental health, in particular anxiety, was associated with parent–infant interactions to a greater extent than p...
free text keywords: Developmental and Educational Psychology, Early detection, Prospective cohort study, Psychology, Pregnancy, medicine.disease, medicine, Anxiety, medicine.symptom, Developmental psychology, Future studies, Mental health, Late pregnancy, Relationship problems, BF, RJ
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