Maternal Experiences in a Parenting Group Delivered in an Urban General Pediatric Clinic

Mary C. Kimmel, Fallon Cluxton-Keller, Emily Jane Frosch, Tracy Carter, Barry Solomon

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Untreated perinatal mood and anxiety disorders can result in impaired maternal-infant interactions. Pediatricians have a unique opportunity to identify and support mothers with mood and anxiety disorders. A parenting intervention, Circle of Security, was delivered in a pediatric clinic targeting women with mood and anxiety disorders. A qualitative assessment of the program's acceptability, participant engagement, and general experiences was conducted. Data collection included medical record abstraction, semistructured psychiatric diagnostic interviews, and semistructured questionnaires. Findings indicate Circle of Security is a feasible and practical approach to providing parenting support to women of young children with mood and anxiety disorders in the pediatric medical home. Additional larger studies will be helpful in tracking outcomes of participating women and infants and in further aiding pediatricians in teaching about attachment and emotions, empowering mothers to talk about their struggles, and ensuring support for mothers in reflecting on their emotions and experiences that affect parenting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-19
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • attachment
  • emotional regulation
  • maternal mood and anxiety disorders
  • parenting
  • social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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