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Early Hum Dev. 2013 Feb;89(2):69-74. doi: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2012.07.017. Epub 2012 Aug 9.

Postnatal depression mediates the relationship between infant and maternal sleep disruption and family dysfunction.

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  • 1School of Psychology, University of Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Previous research has linked family sleep disruption and dysfunction in children; however, the mechanism is unknown.

AIMS:

This study examined whether maternal sleep and postnatal depression (PND) mediate the relationship between infant sleep disruption and family dysfunction.

STUDY DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS:

Mothers of infants aged 12 months old (N=111; 48% male) completed infant and parent sleep surveys, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and the Family Assessment Device.

RESULTS:

Poor infant sleep was related to poor maternal sleep, which was associated with higher PND and higher level of family dysfunction.

CONCLUSIONS:

Results are consistent with the proposition that identification of both infant and maternal sleep problems during infancy can be relevant to reduction of PND and improved family functioning.

Crown Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

PMID:
22884007
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