Journal article

Mother-Infant and Partner-Infant Emotional Availability at 12 Months of Age: Findings From an Australian Longitudinal Study

Larissa Rossen, Richard P Mattick, Judy Wilson, Lucinda Burns, Jacqui A Macdonald, Craig Olsson, Steve Allsop, Elizabeth J Elliott, Sue Jacobs, Clare McCormack, Delyse Hutchinson

INFANCY | WILEY | Published : 2018


Emotional availability (EA) is a focal indicator of parent–infant relationship quality and plays a key role in determining healthy child development, yet factors thought to influence EA have not been examined comprehensively in the postnatal period in both mothers and partners. The aim of this study was to examine the influence of mother–infant and partner–infant bonding, mental ill-health and substance use at 8 weeks postbirth on mother–infant and partner–infant EA at 12 months postbirth, accounting for a range of demographic and postnatal variables. Participants were 191 matched mother–partner–infant triads from a nested sample of an Australian longitudinal pregnancy cohort (The Triple B P..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project

Awarded by Australian Research Council Senior Research Fellowship

Awarded by NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC and National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) research staff and students who assisted with collection of the data, the hospitals and antenatal clinics for their assistance with recruitment, and the study participants and their families. The research was funded by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant #GNT630517 for $2,196,179 to R.P.M., D.H., S.A., J.N., E.E., L.B., S.J., C.O. and A.B., and was financially supported by the NDARC at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the NDRI, Curtin University, which are funded by the Australian Government under the Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvements Grants Fund. We also acknowledge financial support from Australian Rotary Health, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, and the Financial Markets Foundation for Children (Australia). R.P.M. is financially supported by an NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship Award from the NHMRC, and D.H. is financially supported by an Australian Unity Industry Partner Senior Research Fellowship. C.O. is supported by an Australian Research Council Senior Research Fellowship (DORA: DP 130101459). E.E. is supported by an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship #1021480.