Maternal self-perceptions and reactions to infant crying among intrusive and withdrawn depressed mothers

Nancy Aaron Jones, Tiffany M Field, Sybil Hart, Brenda Lundy, Marisabel Davalos

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Abstract

This study compared intrusive (N = 15) and withdrawn (N = 10) mothers' ratings of their own interaction styles with their infants and the behaviors of videotaped models of intrusive and withdrawn mothers. Withdrawn mothers rated themselves as less withdrawn than the model withdrawn mother. Intrusive mothers viewed themselves as more intrusive than the model intrusive mother. Both groups viewed their own infants as more outgoing than the infants of the model intrusive and withdrawn mothers. The withdrawn mothers reported feeling more distressed when they observed an infant (of an intrusive or withdrawn mother) crying, suggesting that they feel more empathy than the intrusive mothers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)576-586
Number of pages11
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Maternal self-perceptions and reactions to infant crying among intrusive and withdrawn depressed mothers. / Jones, Nancy Aaron; Field, Tiffany M; Hart, Sybil; Lundy, Brenda; Davalos, Marisabel.

In: Infant Mental Health Journal, Vol. 22, No. 5, 01.09.2001, p. 576-586.

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Jones, Nancy Aaron ; Field, Tiffany M ; Hart, Sybil ; Lundy, Brenda ; Davalos, Marisabel. / Maternal self-perceptions and reactions to infant crying among intrusive and withdrawn depressed mothers. In: Infant Mental Health Journal. 2001 ; Vol. 22, No. 5. pp. 576-586.
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