Journal article

Mother-Infant Bonding and Emotional Availability at 12-Months of Age: The Role of Early Postnatal Bonding, Maternal Substance Use and Mental Health

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

Maternal and Child Health Journal | SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS | Published : 2019

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The quality of the mother-child relationship in the first year of life has far reaching implications across the life course (Bornstein in Annu Rev Psychol 65:121-158, 2014). Yet little is known about predictors of maternal bonding and emotional availability in early infancy. In this study we examined the extent to which postnatal bonding, maternal mental health, and substance use at 8-weeks postpartum predicted mother-infant bonding (self-report) and mother emotional availability (observational) at 12-months of age. METHODS: Data were obtained from an Australian longitudinal cohort study of pregnancy (n = 308). Data were collected during pregnancy, at birth, and postnatally at ..

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