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Maternal attitudes in pregnancy predict drinking initiation in adolescence

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posted on 01.04.2008, 00:00 authored by Delyse HutchinsonDelyse Hutchinson, R Alati, J M Najman, R P Mattick, W Bor, M O'Callaghan, G M Williams
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to examine whether maternal attitudes to pregnancy and infant caregiving predict drinking initiation in adolescence. METHOD: Data were used from the Mater University Study of Pregnancy, an Australian longitudinal study of mothers and their children from pregnancy to when the children were 14 years. Logistic regression analyses examined whether maternal attitudes to pregnancy and infant caregiving at birth and 6 months contributed to the prediction of drinking initiation at age 14, after controlling for a range of confounding covariates. RESULTS: Mother's negative feelings about being pregnant and not planning/wanting the pregnancy predicted adolescent alcohol initiation at the 14 year follow up. Negative maternal attitudes to infant caregiving at birth and 6 months did not predict adolescent alcohol initiation. CONCLUSIONS: Maternal attitudes in pregnancy are important and there is a need for effective perinatal interventions.

History

Journal

Australian and new zealand journal of psychiatry (informa)

Volume

42

Issue

4

Pagination

324 - 334

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Location

London, United Kingdom

ISSN

0004-8674

eISSN

1440-1614

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2008, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists