Mother-To-Infant Bonding Disorder, but not Depression, 5 days After Delivery is a Risk Factor For Neonate Emotional Abuse: A Study in Japanese Mothers of 1-Month Olds
Yukiko Ohashi1, 2, Kyoko Sakanashi3, Tomoko Tanaka4, Toshinori Kitamura1, 5, *
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2016
First Page: 27
Last Page: 36
Publisher Id: TOFAMSJ-8-27
Article History:Received Date: 01/09/2016
Revision Received Date: 03/11/2016
Acceptance Date: 05/11/2016
Electronic publication date: 30/12/2016
Collection year: 2016
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Despite its clinical and public policy-making importance, neonatal abuse has been only minimally studied.
To identify predictors of mothers’ emotional abuse towards their infants at 1 month after childbirth.
We studied a cohort of 252 women at three time points: late pregnancy and 5 days and 1 month after childbirth. At each time point, the women were administered a set of questionnaires about their depression (Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale), bonding towards the foetus or neonate (Maternal Antenatal Attachment Scale and Postnatal Bonding Questionnaire, respectively), and, at 1 month after childbirth, emotional abuse (Conflict Tactic Scale).
Structural equation modeling (SEM) analysis revealed that neonatal emotional abuse was predicted by bonding difficulties at 5 days after childbirth but not by depression at that time point.
Assessment for maternal bonding problems in the early post-natal period should be routinely performed by perinatal health professionals.