Emotional Unavailability

The most extreme form of emotional unavailability,mother’s depres

sion, had the most negative effects. The disorganization or emotion dysreg

ulation in this case is more prolonged. Changes in physiology (heart rate,

vagal tone, and cortisol levels), in play behavior, affect, activity level, and

sleep organization as well as other regulating functions such as eating and

toileting, and even in the immune system persist for the duration of the

mother’s depression. My colleagues and I have suggested that these changes

occur because the infant is being chronically deprived of an important exter-

nal regulator of stimulation (the mother) and thus fails to develop emotion

regulation or organized behavioral and physiological rhythms. Finally, indi- vidual differences were discussed, including those related to maturity (e.g.,

prematurity) and temperament/personality (e.g., uninhibited/inhibited or externalizing/internalizing) and those deriving from degree of mother- infant mismatch, such as dissimilar temperaments.

https://www.epi.msu.edu/janthony/requests/articles/field_effect%20mom%20unavail.pdf

Leave a Reply, All comments will be moderated - Many thanks for your contribution

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.