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Maternal depression is associated with mother-infant interaction in preterm infants.
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PMID:  18373715     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence and the background factors of maternal depressive symptoms and their relation to the quality of mother-infant interaction in a group of preterm infants and their mothers. METHODS: The signs of maternal depression were evaluated in 125 mothers of very preterm infants (birth weight < or = 1500 g or < 32 gestational weeks) at 6 months of infant's corrected age using Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). The association between maternal depressive symptoms and the quality of mother-infant interaction as assessed by the parent child early relational assessment method (PCERA) method was studied at 6 and 12 months of corrected age in 32 preterm infants who were their mothers' firstborn infants and singletons. RESULTS: The prevalence of depression assessed by EPDS in mothers of very preterm infants was 12.6%. Most interestingly, the number of postnatal signs of depression associated negatively with the quality of the maternal interaction behaviour with their preterm infants. CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that maternal depression may be a risk factor in the development of the mother-infant relationship between preterm infants and their mothers. Therefore, it would be important to identify signs of depression in mothers of preterm infants to offer early support.
Riikka Korja; Elina Savonlahti; Sari Ahlqvist-Björkroth; Suvi Stolt; Leena Haataja; Helena Lapinleimu; Jorma Piha; Liisa Lehtonen;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-03-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)     Volume:  97     ISSN:  0803-5253     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr.     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-05-07     Completed Date:  2008-10-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205968     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr     Country:  Norway    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  724-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Child Psychiatry, Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Depression, Postpartum / psychology*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature / psychology*
Infant, Very Low Birth Weight*
Maternal Welfare*
Mother-Child Relations*
Prospective Studies
Psychological Tests
Risk Factors
Satu Ekblad / ; Eeva Ekholm / ; Leena Haataja / ; Liisa Lehtonen / ; Hanna Manninen / ; Jaakko Matomäki / ; Jonna Maunu / ; Petriina Munck / ; Pekka Niemi / ; Pertti Palo / ; Riitta Parkkola / ; Jorma Piha / ; Annika Pihlgren / ; Päivi Rautava / ; Milla Reiman / ; Hellevi Rikalainen / ; Katriina Saarinen / ; Elina Savonlahti / ; Matti Sillanpää / ; Suvi Stolt / ; Päivi Tuomikoski-Koiranen / ; Tuula Aärimaa /

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