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A screening questionnaire for mother-infant bonding disorders

Brockington, I. F.; Oates, J.; George, S.; Turner, D.; Vostanis, P.; Sullivan, M.; Loh, C. and Murdoch, C. (2001). A screening questionnaire for mother-infant bonding disorders. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 3(4)

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s007370170010
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Abstract

Background: There is a need in primary care for an easily administered instrument to give early indications of disorders in mother-infant relationships.

Methods: An 84 item questionnaire was administered to 104 subjects, including normal mothers, depressed mothers with a normal mother-infant relationship and mothers with bonding disorders. A principle component analysis was used to select items for scale construction. Scale scores were compared with interview data. Reliability, sensitivity and specificity of the scales were measured.

Findings: 4 factors of clinical relevance were obtained and used to construct 4 scales. The questionnaire was reduced to 25 questions. Scale 1 (impaired bonding) had a sensitivity of 0.93 in detecting mothers with bonding disorder. Scale 2 (rejection and anger) specifically identified mothers with severe disorders. Scale 3 may be useful in anxious mothers. Scale 4 signalled the presence of incipient abuse, requiring urgent intervention.

Interpretation: This questionnaire can be used, with the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, by midwives and health visitors, for the early diagnosis of mother-infant bonding disorders.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2001 Springer-Verlag
ISSN: 1434-1816
Keywords: bonding disorders; postpartum depression; Self Rating Questionnaires; child abuse
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Childhood, Development and Learning
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 875
Depositing User: Users 12 not found.
Date Deposited: 17 May 2006
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2014 10:39
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/875
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