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Moderate alcohol consumption as a mediator of a mother’s behavior towards her child

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Year of publication 2011
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Central European Journal of Public Health
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Psychology
Keywords moderate drinking; alcohol consumption; women; care about child; emotions; maternity
Description Aim: The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of moderate drinking on a mother’s behavior towards her child. Method: The ELSPAC survey sample consisted of 3569 Czech women, whose questionnaire answers were obtained when their children were 18 months of age. The mothers and their children were examined in three areas: hygiene, activities with the child, and the mother’s emotional relationship with the child. Besides alcohol consumption, we also evaluated the mother’s neuroticisms. Results: Our results suggest that the behavior of moderate drinking mothers differs from the behavior of abstaining mothers. The abstinents express more emotions for the child, they handle better the demands of maternity and pay more attention to educative activities with the child. Significant differences were not noticed in the frequency of physical activities with the child (cuddling, physical playing, walks).
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