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Ulrika Christina Håkansson

Tittel: Stipendiat
E-post: ulrika.hakanssonSPAMFILTER@hil.no
Telefon: +47 61 28 80 33
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Ulrika Christina Håkansson (Foto: Gro Vasbotten/HiL)

PhD project:

Although it is well documented that maternal substance abuse have a negative effect on the mother-child interaction, less is known about the pathways through which the interaction is compromised. The PhD project focuses on associations between mentalizing capabilities, maternal executive function, and the quality of mother-infant interaction as well as child developmental factors when the mother has a history of substance abuse. We will also investigate the effects of multiple variables including maternal relationship experiences, personality disposition, parental stress, comorbid mental illness and addiction severity on the dyadic interaction and child functioning.  A group of 44 mothers with substance abuse problems and their infants aged 6 to 18 months are included. The mothers are being assessed with neuropsychological tests, clinical interviews, self-administered questionnaires and dyadic interaction observations as well as observation and assessment of child functioning. We use a cross-sectional correlational design. The inclusion of participants ended in December 2015. Further knowledge about variables important for the mother-infant relationship can inform future research and clinical practice. 

PhD institution: Research Centre for Child and Youth Competence Development, Lillehammer University College (BUK)

Main advisor: Professor Merete Glenne Øie, University of Oslo
Co advisor: Kerstin Sôderstrôm, Lillehammer University College
Co advisor: Finn Skårderud, University of Oslo

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