Journal article

Self-Harm, Self-Harm Ideation, and Mother-Infant Interactions: A Prospective Cohort Study

Hannah Gordon, Selina Nath, Kylee Trevillion, Paul Moran, Susan Pawlby, Louise Newman, Louise M Howard, Emma Molyneaux



OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between maternal self-harm (lifetime history of self-harm and self-harm ideation during pregnancy) and mother-infant interactions in a representative cohort from southeast London. METHODS: Data were drawn from a prospective cohort of 545 women attending antenatal appointments between 2014 and 2016. Women were asked about history of self-harm and current self-harm ideation during a research interview following first antenatal visit. Follow-up data on depressive symptoms using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) were collected at 28 weeks' gestation and 3 months postpartum, and data on mother-infant relationship using the CARE-Index and Pos..

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Awarded by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Programme

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Funding Acknowledgements

This article summarizes independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Programme (Grant Reference Number: RP-PG-1210-12002) and supported by the NIHR/Wellcome Trust King's Clinical Research Facility and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at South London and Maudsley National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust and King's College London. The Nuffield Foundation (grant reference number KID/42599) funded the 3-month postpartum follow-up home visits for the data collection of observational mother-infant interactions. Dr Moran is supported by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Bristol.