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Examining Pregnant Women’s Hostile Attributions About Infants as a Predictor of Offspring Maltreatment

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dc.contributor.author Berlin, L. J., Dodge, K. A., & Reznick, J. S.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-11-10T18:08:27Z
dc.date.available 2014-11-10T18:08:27Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Berlin, L. J., Dodge, K. A., & Reznick, J. S. (2013). Examining pregnant women's hostile attributions about infants as a predictor of offspring maltreatment. JAMA pediatrics, 167(6), 549-553. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3753676/pdf/nihms490252.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/1785
dc.description.abstract Importance: Child maltreatment is a serious public health problem that disproportionately affects infants and toddlers. In the interest of informing prevention and intervention efforts, this study examined pregnant women’s attributions about infants as a risk factor for child maltreatment and harsh parenting during their children’s first and second years. We also provide specific methods for practitioners to assess hostile attributions. Objective: To evaluate pregnant women’s hostile attributions about infants as a risk factor for early child maltreatment and harsh parenting. Design: Prospective longitudinal study. Setting: A small Southeastern city and its surrounding county. Participants: A diverse, community-based sample of 499 pregnant women. Main Outcomes and Measures: Official records of child maltreatment and mother-reported harsh parenting behaviors. Hostile attributions were examined in terms of women’s beliefs about infants’ negative intentions (eg, the extent to which infants purposefully dirty their diapers). Results: Mothers’ hostile attributions increased the likelihood that their child would be maltreated by the age of 26 months (adjusted odds ratio, 1.26 [90% CI, 1.02–1.56]). Mothers who made more hostile attributions during pregnancy reported engaging in more harsh parenting behaviors when their children were toddlers (β=0.14, P<.05). Both associations were robust to the inclusion of 7 psychosocial covariates. Conclusions and Relevance: A pregnant woman’s hostile attributions about infant’s intentions signal risk for maltreatment and harsh parenting of her child during the first years of life. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher JAMA Pedicatrics en_US
dc.subject risk factors en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject infants en_US
dc.subject mothers en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject physical abuse en_US
dc.title Examining Pregnant Women’s Hostile Attributions About Infants as a Predictor of Offspring Maltreatment en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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