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The influence of infant irritability on maternal sensitivity in a sample of very premature infants

Meier, P.S., Wolke, D., Gutbrod, T. and Rust, L. (2003) The influence of infant irritability on maternal sensitivity in a sample of very premature infants. Infant and Child Development, 12 (2). pp. 159-166. ISSN 1522-7219


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The relationship between maternal sensitivity and infant irritability was investigated in a short-term longitudinal study of 29 very preterm infants. Infant irritability was assessed at term with the Brazelton NBAS, the Mother and Baby Scales (MABS) and the Crying Pattern Questionnaire (CPQ). Maternal sensitivity was assessed by nurses' ratings in the neonatal care unit and at three months during motherinfant interaction observation. Cross-lagged panel analysis indicated that neonatal irritability did not influence sensitivity at 3 months nor did maternal sensitivity in the newborn period lead to reduced irritability at 3 months. Both irritability and maternal sensitivity showed moderate stability over time (r=.55 and r=.60, respectively). It is concluded that in early infancy maternal sensitivity shows little influence on infant irritability in very preterm infants.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Infant and Child Development. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Irritability, Crying, Maternal sensitivity, Very premature infants, VLBW
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield) > Section of Public Health (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2009 09:37
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:58
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/icd.284
Status: Published
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1002/icd.284
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/8724

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