Maternal depressive affect: its effect on infant affective regulation
Hamilton, Margaret S.
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This study examined the effect that maternal post partum depressive affect had on an infant's affective development at three months of age. A sample of 26 mother-infant pairs, 13 with maternal depressive symptomatology and 13 with no depressive symptomatology were compared for differences in infant affective regulation and affective responses during an age appropriate stressful interaction - the still-face interaction. The implications of this data and the potential complexity of the relationship between maternal depressive affect and infant coping behavior are discussed. Recommendations for further propective research are proposed. [TRUNCATED]
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