Impact of Maternal Early Life Maltreatment and Maternal History of Depression on Child Psychopathology: Mediating Role of Maternal Sensitivity?

Bödeker, Katja; Fuchs, Anna; Führer, Daniel; Kluczniok, Dorothea; Dittrich, Katja; Reichl, Corinna; Reck, Corinna; Kaess, Michael; Hindi Attar, Catherine; Möhler, Eva; Neukel, Corinne; Bierbaum, Anna-Lena; Zietlow, Anna-Lena; Jaite, Charlotte; Lehmkuhl, Ulrike; Winter, Sibylle Maria; Herpertz, Sabine; Brunner, Romuald; Bermpohl, Felix and Resch, Franz (2019). Impact of Maternal Early Life Maltreatment and Maternal History of Depression on Child Psychopathology: Mediating Role of Maternal Sensitivity? Child psychiatry & human development, 50(2), pp. 278-290. Springer 10.1007/s10578-018-0839-z

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The study addresses the impact of maternal early life maltreatment (ELM) and maternal history of depression (HoD) on offspring's mental health. Maternal sensitivity was examined as a potential mediator explaining the relationship between maternal ELM, maternal HoD and child psychopathology. Participants were 194 mothers with and without HoD and/or ELM as well as their children between 5 and 12 years. Maternal sensitivity was assessed using the Emotional Availability Scales. Parent and teacher ratings were utilized to assess child psychopathology. Path analyses showed an indirect effect of maternal HoD on parents' ratings of child psychopathology with maternal sensitivity as mediating variable. In contrast, maternal ELM was directly linked to teachers' ratings of child psychopathology; this effect was not mediated by maternal sensitivity. Our results indicate that the impact of maternal HoD, maternal ELM, and maternal sensitivity on offspring psychopathology might vary depending on the context in which child psychopathology is assessed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Research Division

UniBE Contributor:

Reichl, Corinna and Kaess, Michael

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0009-398X

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Chantal Michel

Date Deposited:

25 Jun 2019 16:10

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 06:34

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s10578-018-0839-z

PubMed ID:

30132095

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.130267

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/130267

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