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Nagwa and Gehan

Greener Journal of  Medical Sciences Vol. 3 (4), pp. 135-151, May 2013.

 ISSN: 2276-7797  

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 030113507


Correlation between Maternal Mental Illness and Infant Abnormal Behavior


*Nagwa A. Zein El Dein, Gehan A. Abed


Asst. Prof, Pediatric Nursing, Lecturer of Psychiatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Menofyia University.


*Corresponding Author’s Email: nagwa_ahmedzin @ ymail. com 


The aim of this study was to investigate the association between maternal mental health status and infant behavior: A descriptive design was used for this study which was conducted at 3 settings in Tanta Psychiatric Hospital, Tanta Inpatient University Hospital and Metkhalaf Psychiatric Hospital. A Purposive sample of 35 mothers and their infants were recruited from the previously mentioned setting. Mothers were presented with psychological health problems such as anxiety and depression. Only those mothers considered well enough to give informed consent were approached; Tools include biosocial and medical questionnaire, psychological scale, psychosocial scale, mothers perceived anxiety scale and infant behavior scale. Results indicated that there were a positive correlation between mothers’ psychological status, perceived anxiety state and infant behavior. Recommendation: Future research should focus on investigating the circumstances and context in which mental illness occurs and their predisposing factors to guide the planning of preventive interventions.

Keywords: Correlation, maternal mental illness, infant, abnormal behavior

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