alexa Maternal eating disorders and infant temperament: findings from the Norwegian mother and child cohort study.


Abnormal and Behavioural Psychology

Author(s): Zerwas S, Von Holle A, Torgersen L, ReichbornKjennerud T, Stoltenberg C,

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Abstract OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that women with eating disorders would be more likely to rate their infants' temperament higher on negative emotionality than women without eating disorders. METHOD: Of 3,013 mothers with eating disorders, 44 reported anorexia nervosa (AN), 436 bulimia nervosa (BN), 2,475 binge eating disorder (BED), and 58 EDNOS purging type (EDNOS-P). The referent group comprised 45,964 mothers with no eating disorder. A partial proportional odds model was used to estimate the relation among maternal eating disorder presentations and infant temperament ratings while adjusting for covariates. RESULTS: Women with AN, BN, EDNOS-P, and BED were 2.3, 1.4, 2.8, and 1.4 times more likely to report extreme fussiness than the referent group of women with no eating disorder, respectively. DISCUSSION: Mothers with eating disorders may rate their infants as more difficult because of information-processing biases or because their infants are emotionally difficult. Maternal perception of infant temperament may be a risk factor for children's emotional development. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
This article was published in Int J Eat Disord and referenced in Abnormal and Behavioural Psychology

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