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Dynamics of emotion regulation in infants of clinically depressed and nondepressed mothers.
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PMID:  19788549     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Emotion regulation (ER) has been conceptualized as an ongoing process of the individual's emotion patterns in relation to moment-to-moment contextual demands. In contrast to traditional approaches of descriptively quantizing ER, we employed a dynamic approach to ER by examining key transitions in infants of clinically depressed and nondepressed mothers in the context of maternal still-face (SF).
METHODS: Mothers with (n = 48) and without a clinical diagnosis of depression (n = 68) were seen in a modified SF paradigm with their 5-month-olds. Infant states and self-soothing behaviors were coded in 1-sec time intervals.
RESULTS: Infants of nondepressed mothers used attentional regulatory strategies, whereas infants of depressed mothers used internally directed strategies of self-soothing to reduce negativity and maintain engagement with mother.
CONCLUSIONS: This study advances our understanding of processes underlying infant ER and points to possible mechanisms for the development of long-term maladaptive ER strategies in infants of depressed mothers.
Nanmathi Manian; Marc H Bornstein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural     Date:  2009-09-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines     Volume:  50     ISSN:  1469-7610     ISO Abbreviation:  J Child Psychol Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2009 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-21     Completed Date:  2010-01-12     Revised Date:  2013-05-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375361     Medline TA:  J Child Psychol Psychiatry     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1410-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Child and Family Research, Program in Developmental Neuroscience, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Suite 8030, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-7971, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child Psychology
Depressive Disorder / psychology*
Emotional Intelligence
Mother-Child Relations*
Mothers / psychology*
Young Adult
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