Stress and depression in mothers of failure-to-thrive children

Lynn T. Singer, Li Yu Song, Betsy P. Hill, Arthur Jaffe

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Abstract

Compared 30 mothers whose children were hospitalized for failure-to-thrive (FTT) to a normative group on standardized measures of perceived stress and depression. Child and maternal medical and demographic data were also taken. Standardized developmetal and feeding assessments were done. Descriptive statistics, correlational analyses, and t tests were used to describe and examine group differences. FTT children were perceived overall as more stressful, less adaptable, more inconsolable, and more unhappy than were healthy children. Child characcteristics associated with higher maternal stress levels were higher bright weight, absence of organic disease or behavioral feeding problems, and higher IQ. Maternal self-report of depression, attachment to her child, sense of competence in parenting, social isolation, and relationship to spouse were not different from the normative sample.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)711-720
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Pediatric Psychology
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1990
Externally publishedYes

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Failure to Thrive
Mothers
Depression
Statistics
Social Isolation
Hospitalized Child
Parenting
Spouses
t-test
Mental Competency
Self Report
Isolation
Demography
Children
Weights and Measures

Keywords

  • Failure-to-thrive
  • Feeding
  • Parenting stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Biotechnology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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Stress and depression in mothers of failure-to-thrive children. / Singer, Lynn T.; Song, Li Yu; Hill, Betsy P.; Jaffe, Arthur.

In: Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Vol. 15, No. 6, 12.1990, p. 711-720.

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Singer, Lynn T. ; Song, Li Yu ; Hill, Betsy P. ; Jaffe, Arthur. / Stress and depression in mothers of failure-to-thrive children. In: Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 1990 ; Vol. 15, No. 6. pp. 711-720.
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