ERIC Number: ED115366
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-11
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Maternal Medication on Mother-Infant Interaction: Methodological Considerations.
Bakeman, Roger; And Others
This report examines the relationship between maternal medication during labor and mother-infant interaction on the third day of life. Subjects were 45 black low-income mothers and their healthy full-term infants. The mothers' perinatal drug history was obtained, and a coded observational schedule was used to record maternal and infant behaviors during two 30-minute sessions on the third day after birth. Results indicated that infants who had been exposed to higher drug levels were more passive and required more responsive effort from their mothers than infants who had been exposed to lower drug levels. The behavior of the more drug exposed infants was more erratic and less continuous, and maternal behavior reflected this by occasional reduction in responsive effort. It is suggested that even relatively low amounts of maternal medication can affect early mother-infant interaction. (GO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Center for Studies of Crime and Delinquency.
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Univ., Atlanta.
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Denver, Colorado, April 10-13, 1975)