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Examining pathways linking maternal depressive symptoms in infancy to children's behavior problems: The role of maternal unresponsiveness and negative behaviors.
Infant Behav Dev. 2017 11; 49:238-247.IB

Abstract

The extent to which maternal depressive symptoms in the first 6 months of life is linked with internalizing and externalizing behaviors in childhood through specific insensitive maternal behaviors (unresponsive and overtly negative behaviors) was examined in a sample of 259 mother-infant dyads. In addition, the extent to which these paths were moderated by infant negative emotionality was also examined. Maternal depressive symptoms were assessed prenatally and when infants were 6 months and 2 years old. Maternal unresponsive and overtly negative behaviors and infant negative emotionality were observed when infants were 6 months old. Mothers reported on infant's internalizing and externalizing behaviors when infants were 2 years old. Maternal depressive symptoms were directly associated with higher internalizing behaviors; this path was not mediated by maternal behaviors. Depressive symptoms were unrelated to externalizing symptoms. Infant negative emotionality did not moderate these effects, but was related positively to overtly negative maternal behaviors, and temperament interacted with maternal depressive symptoms to predict unresponsive maternal behaviors. Results suggest that early maternal depressive symptoms, infant negative emotionality, and negative maternal behavior pose risk for infants' later internalizing behaviors, but the proposed moderated mediation model was not supported.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, United States. Electronic address: plnorcro@uncg.edu.University of North Carolina at Greensboro, United States.Institute of Developmental Psychology, Beijing Normal University, China.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28987984

Citation

Norcross, Pamela Linton, et al. "Examining Pathways Linking Maternal Depressive Symptoms in Infancy to Children's Behavior Problems: the Role of Maternal Unresponsiveness and Negative Behaviors." Infant Behavior & Development, vol. 49, 2017, pp. 238-247.
Norcross PL, Leerkes EM, Zhou N. Examining pathways linking maternal depressive symptoms in infancy to children's behavior problems: The role of maternal unresponsiveness and negative behaviors. Infant Behav Dev. 2017;49:238-247.
Norcross, P. L., Leerkes, E. M., & Zhou, N. (2017). Examining pathways linking maternal depressive symptoms in infancy to children's behavior problems: The role of maternal unresponsiveness and negative behaviors. Infant Behavior & Development, 49, 238-247. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2017.09.009
Norcross PL, Leerkes EM, Zhou N. Examining Pathways Linking Maternal Depressive Symptoms in Infancy to Children's Behavior Problems: the Role of Maternal Unresponsiveness and Negative Behaviors. Infant Behav Dev. 2017;49:238-247. PubMed PMID: 28987984.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Examining pathways linking maternal depressive symptoms in infancy to children's behavior problems: The role of maternal unresponsiveness and negative behaviors. AU - Norcross,Pamela Linton, AU - Leerkes,Esther M, AU - Zhou,Nan, Y1 - 2017/10/05/ PY - 2017/01/27/received PY - 2017/05/28/revised PY - 2017/09/18/accepted PY - 2017/10/11/pubmed PY - 2018/6/12/medline PY - 2017/10/9/entrez KW - Externalizing behaviors KW - Internalizing behaviors KW - Maternal depression KW - Maternal negative behaviors KW - Maternal unresponsive behaviors KW - Negative emotionality KW - Temperament SP - 238 EP - 247 JF - Infant behavior & development JO - Infant Behav Dev VL - 49 N2 - The extent to which maternal depressive symptoms in the first 6 months of life is linked with internalizing and externalizing behaviors in childhood through specific insensitive maternal behaviors (unresponsive and overtly negative behaviors) was examined in a sample of 259 mother-infant dyads. In addition, the extent to which these paths were moderated by infant negative emotionality was also examined. Maternal depressive symptoms were assessed prenatally and when infants were 6 months and 2 years old. Maternal unresponsive and overtly negative behaviors and infant negative emotionality were observed when infants were 6 months old. Mothers reported on infant's internalizing and externalizing behaviors when infants were 2 years old. Maternal depressive symptoms were directly associated with higher internalizing behaviors; this path was not mediated by maternal behaviors. Depressive symptoms were unrelated to externalizing symptoms. Infant negative emotionality did not moderate these effects, but was related positively to overtly negative maternal behaviors, and temperament interacted with maternal depressive symptoms to predict unresponsive maternal behaviors. Results suggest that early maternal depressive symptoms, infant negative emotionality, and negative maternal behavior pose risk for infants' later internalizing behaviors, but the proposed moderated mediation model was not supported. SN - 1934-8800 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/28987984/Examining_pathways_linking_maternal_depressive_symptoms_in_infancy_to_children's_behavior_problems:_The_role_of_maternal_unresponsiveness_and_negative_behaviors_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0163-6383(17)30015-2 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -