Family functioning and interactive patterns in the context of infant psychopathology

Miri Keren, Daphna Dollberg, Talia Koster, Keren Danino, Ruth Feldman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

13 Scopus citations


Family functioning and mother-infant relational patterns were examined in 38 clinic-referred infants and 34 matched non-referred infants. Referred infants were diagnosed with the Diagnostic Classification for Zero to Three. On the family level, referred families showed significantly lower family functioning in all domains of emotional and instrumental communication, regardless of the specific infant's diagnoses. On the dyadic level, referred mothers were more intrusive and their infants were more withdrawn during dyadic interactions. Clinic-referred mothers reported higher levels of phobia and depression. Global family functioning was predicted by the infant's clinical status, maternal intrusiveness, and maternal psychopathology. Infant mental health clinicians need to address both family level and dyadic level of functioning, regardless of the reason for the infant's referral.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-604
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Family functioning
  • Infant psychopathology
  • Maternal mental status
  • Mother-infant interaction


Dive into the research topics of 'Family functioning and interactive patterns in the context of infant psychopathology'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this