Mother and child behaviour in very preterm and term dyads at 6 and 8 years
Jaekel, Julia, Wolke, Dieter and Chernova, Yulia. (2012) Mother and child behaviour in very preterm and term dyads at 6 and 8 years. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, Volume 54 (Number 8). pp. 716-723. ISSN 0012-1622
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8749.2012.04323.x
Aim Mothers of very preterm children have been reported to behave less sensitively and to be more controlling. It is unknown whether this is the result of maternal factors or due to maternal adaptation to children’s cognitive problems.
Method We investigated a geographically defined prospective whole-population sample of very low birthweight (<1500g) or very preterm (<32wks’ gestation; VLBW/VP) children (n=267, 124 females, 143 males) and a comparison group born at term (n=298, 146 females, 152 males) in Germany. Mother–child interactions were videotaped during a play situation and analysed with a standardized coding system at children’s mean ages of 6 years 3 months and 8 years 5 months.
Results At both 6 years 3 months and 8 years 5 months, VLBW/VP children were less task persistent and socially active (p<0.001) whereas their mothers behaved less sensitively and were more controlling than term mother–child dyads (p<0.001). Cross-sectional group differences in maternal behaviour remained when scores where adjusted for social factors but disappeared once adjusted for child IQ. High maternal sensitivity predicted higher task persistence (p<0.001), in particular in those children with cognitive problems.
Interpretation Mothers of VLBW/VP children adapt their behaviour to their children’s level of cognitive functioning. High maternal sensitivity is particularly beneficial for task persistence in children with cognitive deficits.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Faculty of Science > Psychology
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Mother and child, Premature infants -- Psychological aspects, Birth weight, Low -- Psychological aspects|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Official Date:||August 2012|
|Page Range:||pp. 716-723|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Germany. Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Heinrich-Hertz-Stiftung|
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