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From prematurity to parenting stress: The mediating role of perinatal post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Autori: Suttora C.; Spinelli M.; Monzani D.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2014
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista
  • Parole Chiave: Moderated-mediation; Mother-child relationship; Parenting stress; Perinatal PTSD; Preterm delivery
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Preterm delivery may lead to the emergence of symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD), which may, in turn, affect the quality of the mother-child relationship. The aim of this study is to shed light on the development of parenting stress in mothers of preterm and full-term children. It is hypothesized that PTSD symptoms mediate the relationship between preterm/full-term birth and the levels of parenting stress. Perinatal PTSD, parenting stress and social support were assessed in 156 mothers of full-term children and 87 mothers of preterm children. Mothers of preterm children experienced more post-traumatic stress and parenting stress than mothers of full-term children. However, the relationship between preterm delivery and subsequent levels of parenting stress was mediated by PTSD symptoms. These findings suggest that the maternal perception of childbirth as a traumatic experience and the subsequent development of PTSD symptoms are pivotal in the emergence of parenting stress. © 2014 © 2013 Taylor & Francis.