Perceptions of general and parenting-specific posttraumatic change among postpartum mothers with histories of childhood maltreatment Article

Fava, NM, Simon, VA, Smith, E et al. (2016). Perceptions of general and parenting-specific posttraumatic change among postpartum mothers with histories of childhood maltreatment . 56 20-29. 10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.04.007

cited authors

  • Fava, NM; Simon, VA; Smith, E; Khan, M; Kovacevic, M; Rosenblum, KL; Menke, R; Muzik, M

fiu authors

abstract

  • Although adaptive meanings of childhood maltreatment (CM) are critical to posttraumatic adaptation, little is known about perceptions of posttraumatic change (PTC) during the vulnerable postpartum period. PTC may be positive or negative as well as global or situational. This study examined general and parenting-specific PTC among 100 postpartum women with CM histories (Mage = 29.5 years). All reported general and 83% reported parenting PTC. General PTC were more likely to include negative and positive changes; parenting PTC were more likely to be exclusively positive. Indicators of more severe CM (parent perpetrator, more CM experiences) were related to parenting but not general PTC. Concurrent demographic risk moderated associations between number of CM experiences and positive parenting PTC such that among mothers with more CM experiences, demographic risk was associated with stronger positive parenting PTC. Results highlight the significance of valence and specificity of PTC for understanding meanings made of CM experiences.

publication date

  • June 1, 2016

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 20

end page

  • 29

volume

  • 56