Exposure to childhood abuse makes moms less confident

New York, Aug 29 (IANS) Mothers who experienced more types of abuse as children – sexual abuse, physical or emotional abuse, and physical or emotional neglect – as children are more critical of their ability to parent successfully, new research has found.

The findings suggest that intervention programmes for mothers at-risk, therefore, should focus on bolstering mothers’ self-confidence — not just teach parenting skills.

“We know that maltreated children can have really low self-esteem,” said lead researcher of the study Louisa Michl, doctoral student in the department of psychology at University of Rochester in New York.

“And when they become adults, we have found that some of these moms become highly self-critical about their ability to parent effectively. Research has shown that this type of self-doubt is related to poor parenting — yelling, hitting, and other kinds of negative parenting behaviours,” Michl noted.

This study included mothers who were clinically depressed, as well as those who were not.

“Our research shows that self-criticism leads to lower-confidence in parenting abilities in previously maltreated mothers and this was true in non-depressed moms as well as depressed mothers,” Michl pointed out.

However, the researchers believe that beliefs of maternal efficacy are modifiable.

“If a mom who was maltreated as a child can sustain some strong beliefs in her competency as a mom, then it may help break the cycle of abuse and buffer her children against that kind of experience she had. That is where this research has led us so far,” Michl said.

The study was published online in the journal Child Maltreatment.

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