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Mothers’ Perceptions of Their Infants

Publication Date: 
June, 2019

This article discusses a 44-item questionnaire developed to investigate the axes along which maternal models are organized. It was predicted that two primary axes, warmth and invasiveness, would be identified, and questionnaire data were collected from mothers in Great Britain and Hungary. The predicted axes were confirmed and a 14-item short-form questionnaire, with good psychometric properties, was derived.

The Black Hole: Exploring the Schizoid Personality

Publication Date: 
September, 2018

Reprinted from JOPPPAH 23(2) Winter, 2008. This article investigates the relationship between traumatic events from conception to birth and Schizoid Personality Disorder, Dysfunction, and Deprivation.

Updated Author Bio:

Shirley Ward works as a Pre and Perinatal Psychotherapist at the Amethyst Resource Centre For Human Development in the Republic of Ireland. Her book, Fractals from the Womb, published in 2014 is to be republished shortly. She may be contacted on her website www.shirleyward.org  and on her email shirley@shirleyward.org 

Is Maternal-Fetal Attachment Affected In Women With Severe Mental Illness?

Publication Date: 
June, 2018

Maternal-fetal attachment (MFA) is a process in which a mother-to-be engages in affiliative behaviors with her unborn child. MFA has a bearing on the dyad’s future mother-infant attachment, which in turn is necessary for adequate emotional and physical growth of the baby. Women with severe mental illness are likely to be at risk for impaired MFA.

The Death of a Mother in Childhood: Reflected in the Work of Two Writers

Publication Date: 
June, 2018

This article deals with the loss of the mother in early childhood of two writers and how their mothers’ deaths influence their life and work.

The Origins of Human Love and Violence

Publication Date: 
March, 1996