Mothers’ attachment insecurity and diabetes-related autoantibodies in their infants
2004 (English)In: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, ISSN 0077-8923, Vol. 1037, 110-113 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Psychological stress may, via hormonal levels, increase insulin resistance. The aim of this study was to investigate whether mothers' attachment insecurity is associated with the induction or progression of diabetes-related autoimmunity in early childhood. Adult attachment interviews were conducted with 18 mothers of infants who were positive, and 32 mothers of infants who were negative, for glutamic acid decarboxylase, selected from ABIS, a large prospective population-based project. The proportion of children with insecure mothers was larger, but not significantly so, in the autoantibody-positive group than in the negative group. If an association exists between maternal attachment insecurity and diabetes-related autoimmunity during infancy, it does not appear to be strong.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 1037, 110-113 p.
attachment insecurity, children, psychosocial factors, type 1 diabetes, beta cell autoantibodies
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13632DOI: 10.1196/annals.1337.016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13632DiVA: diva2:21082