Maternal cognitions, psychopathologic symptoms, and infant temperament as predictors of early infant feeding problems: A longitudinal study
Article first published online: 17 OCT 2005
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 39, Issue 2, pages 128–134, March 2006
How to Cite
Farrow, C. and Blissett, J. (2006), Maternal cognitions, psychopathologic symptoms, and infant temperament as predictors of early infant feeding problems: A longitudinal study. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 39: 128–134. doi: 10.1002/eat.20220
- Issue published online: 11 JAN 2006
- Article first published online: 17 OCT 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 MAY 2005
- feeding difficulties;
- maternal cognitions
The current study examined the contribution of prenatal and postnatal maternal core beliefs, self-esteem, psychopathologic symptoms, and postnatal infant temperament to the prediction of infant feeding difficulties.
Ninety-nine women completed questionnaires assessing their core beliefs, psychopathology, and self-esteem during pregnancy and at 6 months postpartum. At 6 months, mothers also rated their infant's temperament and feeding, and were ob-served feeding their infants.
Maternal reports of child feeding difficulties were predicted by higher levels of emotional deprivation and entitlement core beliefs and lower levels of self-sacrifice and enmeshment core beliefs during pregnancy. Postnatal social isolation core beliefs, lower maternal self-esteem, and more difficult infant temperament added significantly to the variance explained by prenatal factors. Maternal core beliefs, self-esteem, psychopathology, and infant temperament failed to significantly predict independent observations of child food refusal.
Maternal cognitions are implicated in the development of maternal reports of feeding difficulty. © 2005 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.