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Parental reflective functioning as a moderator of child internalizing difficulties in the context of child sexual abuse

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dc.contributor.author Ensink, Karin ; Bégin, Michael ; Normandin, Lina ; Fonagy, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-05T15:00:05Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-05T15:00:05Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Ensink, Karin ; Bégin, Michael ; Normandin, Lina ; Fonagy, Peter. (2017). Parental reflective functioning as a moderator of child internalizing difficulties in the context of child sexual abuse. Psychiatry Research, 257, 361-366. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1566943/3/Fonagy_ParentaLRF_Clean_19.06.2017.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/4577
dc.description.abstract The objective was to examine pathways from child sexual abuse (CSA) and maternal mentalizing to child internalizing and externalizing difficulties and to test a model of MRF as a moderator of the relationships between CSA and child difficulties. The sample was comprised of 154 mothers and children aged 2–12 where 64 children had experienced CSA. To assess parental mentalizing the Parental Development Interview was rated with the Parental Reflective Functioning Scale. Child internalizing and externalizing difficulties were assessed with the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL). Results indicate that there were significant inverse relationships between maternal mentalizing and child internalizing and externalizing difficulties. When maternal mentalizing was considered together with CSA, only maternal mentalizing was a significant predictor of child difficulties. Furthermore, maternal mentalizing moderated the relationship between CSA and child internalizing difficulties. These findings provide evidence of the importance of the parents’ mentalizing stance for psychiatric symptoms of children aged 2–12, as well as children's recovery from CSA. The clinical implications of the findings are discussed. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Psychiatry Research en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject long term effects en_US
dc.subject psychological effects en_US
dc.subject risk factors en_US
dc.subject parenting en_US
dc.subject family violence en_US
dc.subject domestic violence en_US
dc.title Parental reflective functioning as a moderator of child internalizing difficulties in the context of child sexual abuse en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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