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Severe Maternal Psychopathology And Infant-Mother Attachment, A E. Hipwell, Frits Goossens, Edward Melhuish, R Kumar Jan 2000

Severe Maternal Psychopathology And Infant-Mother Attachment, A E. Hipwell, Frits Goossens, Edward Melhuish, R Kumar

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Eighty-two mother-infant dyads, comprising women with psychiatric disorder and individually matched controls, were followed up over the children's 1st year of life. The mothers with mental illness consisted of two subgroups: first, 25 severely mentally ill mothers who had been admitted to a psychiatric unit with their infants; and second, 16 mothers from a community sample meeting research diagnostic criteria for unipolar, nonpsychotic depression. With the exception of six dyads in the in-patient group, observations were made of the mother-infant interaction and the quality of the infant-mother attachment relationship at 12 months. The nature and course of the mothers ...