Implications of neglect and caregiving during childhood for maternal pregnancy spacing

Christine Joachims, Stacy Tiemeyer, Karina Shreffler

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Abstract

Rapid repeat pregnancies (RRP) are associated with higher risk of adverse outcomes for maternal and child health. Previous research has identified numerous risk factors for RRP, but none have studied the link between maternal adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and RRP. Our study examines this association, as well as the potential factors that moderate the impact of ACEs in RRP. In a clinic-based sample of 111 women with high levels of childhood adversity on average, those who experienced childhood neglect had more RRP than those who did not. However, this was not true for women who experienced neglect and acted as caregivers during childhood. Further reearch is needed to explore this interaction and its implications for (1) treatment of childhood neglect and (2) prevention of RRP.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 23 Aug 2020

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