Journal article

The transition to parenthood following a history of childhood maltreatment: a review of the literature on prospective and new parents' experiences

Hope Christie, Anat Talmon, Sarah Katharina Schaefer, Anke de Haan, Maria Louison Vang, Katharina Haag, Ohad Gilbar, Eva Alisic, Erin Brown

European Journal of Psychotraumatology | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2017


Background: Becoming a parent is viewed as one of the most important transitions in one's life. However, a history of childhood maltreatment may affect the adjustment to parenthood. Objective: The objective of this review was to synthesize the current evidence base to further our understanding of prospective and new parents' experiences in the transition to parenthood (pregnancy to 2 years post-birth), in the context of having a childhood maltreatment history. Method: A scoping review of the literature was conducted using the following online databases: PubMed, PsycINFO, PsycNET, and Published International Literature of Traumatic Stress. Results: The findings were synthesized into a four-co..

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