An Experimental test of the effects of acute stress and parental bonding history on maternal sensitivity

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Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Psychology
Author Brown, Mindy A.
Title An Experimental test of the effects of acute stress and parental bonding history on maternal sensitivity
Date 2019
Description The beneficial consequences of maternal sensitivity for infant social and emotional development are well-known, as is the notion that stress may impair a mother's ability to provide sensitive care for her infant. Less is known about whether some mothers may be more susceptible to parenting-related stress than others. The effect of stress on maternal sensitivity may depend on the past maternal bonding of the mother. Data from this study come from a sample of 45 women and their 7-month-old infants. Mothers underwent a control or an acute stress writing task, then were evaluated for maternal sensitivity during a face-to-face interaction, the still-face paradigm. Maternal sensitivity was assessed using the Global Scale of Mother Infant Interactions, containing nine individual scales. Past maternal bonding was determined using the Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI). One significant interaction was found that revealed that, for those in the control condition, mothers with a history of high-quality maternal bonding were more accepting of their infants' behaviors than mothers with a history of low-quality maternal bonding. For those in the stress condition, mothers with a history of low-quality maternal bonding provided higher levels of maternal sensitivity than mothers with a history of high-quality maternal bonding. While significant results were found in only a portion of the variables tested, this analysis could become the foundation of future studies. Results provide us with a more complete picture of how acute stress can affect maternal sensitivity, and for whom stress exposure may have more of an impact.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Dissertation Name Master of Science
Language eng
Rights Management (c) Mindy A. Brown
Format Medium application/pdf
ARK ark:/87278/s6nd2026
Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2021-05-04
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 1694148
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6nd2026
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