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Maternal depression and anxiety and infant development: a comparison of foreign-born and native-born mothers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15144368     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Studies that investigate infant and/or child development in families of depressed or anxious mothers do not include samples of foreign-born non-English-speaking mothers. This article describes a pilot study investigating infant development, maternal depression, and anxiety in comparison samples of native-born and foreign-born mothers and children from Vietnam, Laos (Hmong), and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Maternal depression and anxiety were measured with the Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25, and the developmental status of children 0-25 months of age was measured with the Denver II. Foreign-born mothers were more anxious than native-born mothers. Non-English-speaking foreign-born mothers were clinically depressed (1.83) and moderately anxious (1.62). Infants of native-born mothers and English-speaking foreign-born mothers performed better on the Denver II than children of foreign-born non-English-speaking mothers. Infants and toddlers of non-English-speaking mothers appear to be at high risk for delays during their first 25 months of life. Public health nurses need to advocate for appropriate interpreter services and mental health resources for non-English-speaking mothers of young children. Developmental screening should reflect cultural variations in parental expectations of how and when children meet developmental milestones. Replication studies and investigation about the long-term development of this high-risk group of children are needed.
Gwendolyn F Foss; Andjukenda W Chantal; Simone Hendrickson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nursing (Boston, Mass.)     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0737-1209     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nurs     Publication Date:    2004 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-05-17     Completed Date:  2004-08-24     Revised Date:  2008-08-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8501498     Medline TA:  Public Health Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  237-46     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Department of Family and Community Nursing, College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 28223-0001, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / ethnology*
Child Development*
Child, Preschool
Democratic Republic of the Congo / ethnology
Depression / ethnology*
Emigration and Immigration / statistics & numerical data
Infant, Newborn
Laos / ethnology
North Carolina
Pilot Projects
Regression Analysis
Social Isolation
Vietnam / ethnology

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