Use of the Stafford Interview for assessing perinatal bonding disorders

Yumi Nishikii, Yoshiko Suetsugu, Hiroshi Yamashita, Keiko Yoshida

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Perinatal bonding disorders have been advocated by Brockington and he developed the semistructured Stafford Interview which contains a specific section to assess these disorders. To our knowledge, this is the first report on a fully described clinical case by using the interview. A 29-year-old primiparous mother gave birth to a healthy girl, but visited our clinic because of depression at one month postnatally and received pharmacotherapy. Despite improvement of her depression, at around 7 months postnatally, she felt distressed by childcare. The Stafford Interview was conducted and it manifested evidences of anger and rejection to her infant: she screamed at her infant because of anger towards her infant, and had desire to escape from the baby care and then temporally transferred the care to her mother (grandmother of the baby). The evidence of maternal feelings by using the Stafford Interview is practically useful for treating mothers with bonding disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere228696
JournalBMJ case reports
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 15 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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