The influence of infant irritability on maternal sensitivity in a sample of very premature infants

Meier, P. , Wolke, D., Gutbrod, T. and Rust, L. (2003) The influence of infant irritability on maternal sensitivity in a sample of very premature infants. Infant and Child Development, 12(2), pp. 159-166. (doi: 10.1002/icd.284)

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Abstract

The relationship between maternal sensitivity and infant irritability was investigated in a short‐term longitudinal study of 29 very preterm infants. Infant irritability was assessed at term with the Brazelton NBAS, the Mother and Baby Scales (MABS) and the Crying Pattern Questionnaire (CPQ). Maternal sensitivity was assessed by nurses' ratings in the neonatal care unit and at three months during mother–infant interaction observation. Cross‐lagged panel analysis indicated that neonatal irritability did not influence sensitivity at 3 months nor did maternal sensitivity in the newborn period lead to reduced irritability at 3 months. Both irritability and maternal sensitivity showed moderate stability over time (r = 0.55 and r = 0.60, respectively). It is concluded that in early infancy maternal sensitivity shows little influence on infant irritability in very preterm infants.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Meier, Professor Petra
Authors: Meier, P., Wolke, D., Gutbrod, T., and Rust, L.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Infant and Child Development
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1522-7227
ISSN (Online):1522-7219
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