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Maternal experiences and the mother-infant dyads development: introducing the Interview of Mothers Experiences (I-ME)
Karolinska Institute.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, ISSN 0264-6838, E-ISSN 1469-672X, Vol. 30, no 1, 21-50 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: This study introduces an instrument, the Interview of Mothers Experiences (I-ME), focusing on how the mothers past and present experiences relate to her psychological state and interaction with the baby. Background: Questionnaires and video-taped interactions are used for assessing dyadic relationship disturbances. Validated interviews are rarer and might yield additional information. Method: Analyses were made on 86 dyads from a randomised controlled trial comparing mother-infant psychoanalytic treatment with Swedish Child Health Centre care. Data were assembled from two interviews with a 6-month interval. Initial infant mean age was 5 months. Concurrent and predictive validity were assessed by comparisons with questionnaires and mother-baby interaction ratings. Results: The I-MEs internal consistency and inter-rater reliability were high. Factor analyses indicated its incremental validity beyond questionnaires and interaction ratings. The hypothesis that I-ME scores would be closely related to the interaction ratings was refuted. Rather, they were associated with questionnaires on depression and infant functioning. The I-ME predicted the mothers interactive contributions six months later, whereas the questionnaire on maternal psychopathology predicted the infants contributions. Conclusions: The I-ME may help detecting dyads at risk for future difficulties with interactions and attachment, beyond other assessment methods such as mother-report questionnaires.

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Taylor and Francis (Routledge): STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles / Taylor and Francis (Routledge) , 2012. Vol. 30, no 1, 21-50 p.
Keyword [en]
attachment, internal working model, interview, mother-infant psychoanalytic treatment, postnatal depression
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77741DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2012.673218ISI: 000303564100003OAI: diva2:528635
Available from: 2012-05-28 Created: 2012-05-28 Last updated: 2012-05-28

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