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Maternal depression and infant temperament characteristics.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17714790     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
One hundred-thirty-nine women participated in this longitudinal study from the third trimester of pregnancy through 8-months postpartum. Women completed depression scales at several time points and rated their infant's characteristics and childcare stress at 2- and 6-months postpartum. Mothers' reports of infant temperament were significantly different for depressed and non-depressed mothers, with depressed mothers reporting more difficult infants at both measurement points. These differences remained after controlling for histories of maternal abuse or prenatal anxiety, which occurred more often in the depressed mothers. There were no significant differences in childcare stress or perceived support between the groups. Infant temperament and childcare stress did not change over time. Recommendations for practice include consistent ongoing evaluations of the "goodness of fit" within the dyad and exploring interventions for depressed mothers that provide guidance about interactions with their infants and the appropriateness of the infant behaviors.
Jacqueline M McGrath; Kathie Records; Michael Rice
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2007-08-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Infant behavior & development     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1934-8800     ISO Abbreviation:  Infant Behav Dev     Publication Date:  2008 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-01-07     Completed Date:  2008-02-21     Revised Date:  2013-06-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806016     Medline TA:  Infant Behav Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  71-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, P.O. Box 980567, Richmond, VA 23298, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child Development*
Depressive Disorder / psychology*
Longitudinal Studies
Mother-Child Relations*
Personality Assessment
Time Factors
Grant Support
1R15 NR05311-01A2/NR/NINR NIH HHS; R15 NR005311-01A2/NR/NINR NIH HHS

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