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Arch Womens Ment Health. 2006 Sep;9(5):243-51. Epub 2006 May 15.

Severe disorders of the mother-infant relationship: definitions and frequency.

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University of Birmingham, Bredenbury, UK. i.f.brockington@bham.ac.uk

Abstract

We assessed the frequency of severe disorders of the mother-infant relationship in over 200 mothers referred to services in Birmingham and Christchurch, all of whom were interviewed using the Birmingham Interview for Maternal Mental Health. 10.6% had established rejection and 14.6% threatened rejection of their infants. 28.6% had various degrees of pathological anger, which was severe in 8.3%. Rejection was strongly associated with unwanted pregnancy and lack of interaction with the foetus.

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PMID:
16699838
DOI:
10.1007/s00737-006-0133-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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