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An urban working class sample of depressed mothers with two-yr-old children was compared with a control group of non-depressed mothers using maternal interviews, home observation of mother/child interaction, and developmental assessment of the children. Measures were repeated after six months. Children of depressed mothers showed more emotional and(More)
BACKGROUND Exposure to an ill parent in childhood may be a risk factor for adult somatization. This study examines the hypothesis that somatizing adults are more likely to have been exposed to illness as a child and that in turn, their children are more likely to report ill health and to have more contact with medical services than children of other(More)
  • A D Cox
  • 1993
The context of voluntary befriending schemes to help mothers of young children is outlined. There is evidence that two main UK voluntary befriending schemes to help mothers of young children engage families where there is significant psychosocial morbidity. It is concluded that well conducted befriending schemes can make a significant contribution to the(More)
Befriending schemes to support families with young children are now widespread in the United Kingdom. One such scheme, Newpin, which aims to prevent child abuse is described. Evaluation compared those recruited to befriend as well as those befriended. Assessments at baseline and 6 months' follow-up comprised interviews with mothers, developmental(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this prospective study was to identify risk factors for the development of psychological disturbance in sexually abused children, enabling recognition of the need for appropriate psychological intervention and provision. METHOD A city-wide study of children aged 16 or under was carried out, with all cases of CSA requiring(More)
Good measures for self-report of pain in children are important, particularly as other informants tend to underestimate children's pain. This paper describes the development of a new computer-assisted approach to assessment of pain in children. The child can represent a range of different types of pains on body maps, and use two scales to indicate the size(More)
  • A D Cox
  • 1988
The association between mental disorder in parents and abnormalities in their children's development is well established. It is strongest when parents have a personality disorder, or a chronic or recurrent depression, or emotional disturbance, and possibly somewhat less if they have schizophrenia.1 In the community depressive disorders are widespread with(More)
Seventy-three general practice interviews were analysed according to the method described by Butler et al. Results for the three principal agenda types (physical, emotional and social) are presented in terms of the control exerted by either doctor or patient in determining the content of the interview. Both doctor and patient address physical agendas to a(More)
BACKGROUND Somatoform disorders may have their roots in childhood through processes that involve an enhanced parental focus on health. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that somatizing mothers will show less joint involvement than other mothers during play but greater responsiveness when this play involves a 'medical' theme. METHOD(More)