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Impact of postpartum depressive symptoms on mother and her 18-month-old infant.
Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2003 Apr; 12(2):75-83.EC

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Postpartum depression (PPD) is known to have important negative effects on mother, infant and mother-child relationship.

METHODS

We present a case-control study of 35 mothers and their 18-month-old infants. These mothers suffered from postpartum depressive symptoms (PDS) when the infants were three months old, as rated with the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS, Cox 1987). A control group of 35 mothers without postpartum depressive symptoms (NPDS) with their 18-month-old infants was also evaluated. The infants were assessed using the Infant Behavior Record of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development, the Strange Situation and an object concept task.

RESULTS

15 months later, the PDS mothers were less affectionate and more anxious than the NPDS mothers. The PDS dyads demonstrated less verbal interaction and less playing interaction. 18-month-old infants of PDS mothers performed less well on object concept tasks, and were more often insecurely attached to their mothers. Only some results were linked to the mothers' depressive state (D-mothers) diagnosed at 18 months (e. g. responsiveness to persons).

CONCLUSIONS

The important negative effects observed at 18 months on mother and infant of maternal PDS at 3 months confirm the need for early identification and therapeutic or preventive interventions.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Service médico-pédagogique, 16-18 Bd Saint-Georges, 1211 Genève 8, Switzerland. marion.righetti@etat.ge.chNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12664271

Citation

Righetti-Veltema, Marion, et al. "Impact of Postpartum Depressive Symptoms On Mother and Her 18-month-old Infant." European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, vol. 12, no. 2, 2003, pp. 75-83.
Righetti-Veltema M, Bousquet A, Manzano J. Impact of postpartum depressive symptoms on mother and her 18-month-old infant. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2003;12(2):75-83.
Righetti-Veltema, M., Bousquet, A., & Manzano, J. (2003). Impact of postpartum depressive symptoms on mother and her 18-month-old infant. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 12(2), 75-83.
Righetti-Veltema M, Bousquet A, Manzano J. Impact of Postpartum Depressive Symptoms On Mother and Her 18-month-old Infant. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2003;12(2):75-83. PubMed PMID: 12664271.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Impact of postpartum depressive symptoms on mother and her 18-month-old infant. AU - Righetti-Veltema,Marion, AU - Bousquet,Arnaud, AU - Manzano,Juan, PY - 2003/3/29/pubmed PY - 2003/10/16/medline PY - 2003/3/29/entrez SP - 75 EP - 83 JF - European child & adolescent psychiatry JO - Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry VL - 12 IS - 2 N2 - BACKGROUND: Postpartum depression (PPD) is known to have important negative effects on mother, infant and mother-child relationship. METHODS: We present a case-control study of 35 mothers and their 18-month-old infants. These mothers suffered from postpartum depressive symptoms (PDS) when the infants were three months old, as rated with the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS, Cox 1987). A control group of 35 mothers without postpartum depressive symptoms (NPDS) with their 18-month-old infants was also evaluated. The infants were assessed using the Infant Behavior Record of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development, the Strange Situation and an object concept task. RESULTS: 15 months later, the PDS mothers were less affectionate and more anxious than the NPDS mothers. The PDS dyads demonstrated less verbal interaction and less playing interaction. 18-month-old infants of PDS mothers performed less well on object concept tasks, and were more often insecurely attached to their mothers. Only some results were linked to the mothers' depressive state (D-mothers) diagnosed at 18 months (e. g. responsiveness to persons). CONCLUSIONS: The important negative effects observed at 18 months on mother and infant of maternal PDS at 3 months confirm the need for early identification and therapeutic or preventive interventions. SN - 1018-8827 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12664271/Impact_of_postpartum_depressive_symptoms_on_mother_and_her_18_month_old_infant_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00787-003-0311-9 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -