Infants with Atopic Dermatitis: Maternal Hopelessness, Child-Rearing Attitudes and Perceived Infant Temperament

Atopic dermatitis is a common disease of childhood

Ursula Pauli-Pott; Alexander Darui; Dieter Beckmann


Scholarcy highlights

  • Atopic dermatitis is a common disease of childhood
  • The present study was conducted in order to find out whether maternal characteristics relevant to the mother-infant relationship, i.e. depressiveness/hopelessness, child-rearing attitudes and perceived infant behaviour, associated with infant AD
  • Two cohorts, each with 20 infants suffering from AD, and 20 healthy infants were recruited
  • AD infants were further divided into subgroups according to the diagnostic criteria: atopic family history, itching and characteristic locations of eczema
  • Varying with different diagnostic features of the infants’ AD, mothers of AD infants described themselves as more depressive/hopeless, as more anxious/overprotective and characterized their infant as less frequently positive and more frequently negative in its emotional behaviour compared to the control group
  • The results underline the importance of psychological support for mothers of infants with AD

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