Journal article

Some origins of the 'difficult' child: the Brazelton scale and the mother's view of her new-born's character.

R Meares, R Penman, J Milgrom-Friedman, K Baker

Br J Med Psychol | Published : 1982

Abstract

Thirty-two mothers and their new-born babies were studied in order to consider, in a limited way, the manner in which a mother comes to attribute personality traits to her infant. The child's expected 'difficulty' was rated by means of a standardized inventory. In addition, a semi-structured interview was conducted with the mother, and her baby was examined by means which have been described by Brazelton. The circumstances of birth were taken from hospital records. Mothers who did not expect the child to be difficult showed a 'general flexibility' which probably related to coping ability. Babies who were seen as unlikely to be difficult had high scores on 'state control' and 'physiological r..

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