Early maternal reflective functioning and infant emotional regulation in a preterm infant sample at 6 months corrected age

Heron-Delaney, Michelle, Kenardy, Justin A., Brown, Erin A., Jardine, Chloe, Bogossian, Fiona, Neuman, Louise, de Dassel, Therese and Pritchard, Margo (2016) Early maternal reflective functioning and infant emotional regulation in a preterm infant sample at 6 months corrected age. Journal of Paediatric Psychology, 41 8: 906-914. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsv169


Author Heron-Delaney, Michelle
Kenardy, Justin A.
Brown, Erin A.
Jardine, Chloe
Bogossian, Fiona
Neuman, Louise
de Dassel, Therese
Pritchard, Margo
Title Early maternal reflective functioning and infant emotional regulation in a preterm infant sample at 6 months corrected age
Journal name Journal of Paediatric Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1465-735X
0146-8693
Publication date 2016-01-24
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv169
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 41
Issue 8
Start page 906
End page 914
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective:  This study investigated the influence of maternal reflective functioning (RF) on 6-month-old infants’ emotional self-regulating abilities in preterm infant–mother dyads.

Methods:  25 preterm (gestational age 28–34.5 weeks) infants’ affect, gaze toward mother, and self-soothing behaviors (thumb-sucking and playing with clothing) were measured during the still-face procedure at 6 months corrected age. Maternal RF was measured at 7–15 days post-delivery using the Parent Development Interview.

Results:  Infants with high RF mothers showed the most negative affect during the still-face episode (M = 21.33s, SE = 5.44), whereas infants with low RF mothers showed the most negative affect in the reunion episode (M = 18.14s, SE = 3.69). Infants with high RF mothers showed significantly more self-soothing behaviors when distressed (Ms > 14.5s) than infants with low RF mothers (Ms < 1s), p’s < .01.

Conclusion:  Maternal RF was associated with infants’ self-regulating behavior, providing preliminary evidence for the regulatory role of maternal RF in preterm infants’ emotion regulation capacity.
Keyword Preterm Infants
Reflective Functioning
Relationship quality
Still-face paradigm
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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