Maternal Depression and Family Media Use: A Questionnaire and Diary Analysis.
We describe the association between postpartum depression and the quantity and content of infant media use. Households with depressed mothers viewed twice as much television as households with non-depressed mothers did, and depressed mothers appeared to derive comparatively greater pleasure from television viewing. Maternal depression was associated with an increased exposure to child-directed content by 6-9-month-old infants, although it was not associated with an increased exposure to adult-directed programming. Depressed mothers also reported being less likely to sit and talk with their children during television use or to consult outside sources of information about media. This increase in television exposure without corresponding parental involvement could negatively affect developmental outcomes.
Department of Psychology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057, USA.
SourceJournal of child and family studies 21:2 2012 Apr 1 pg 208-216
Pub Type(s)JOURNAL ARTICLE