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Z Psychosom Med Psychother. 2004;50(2):153-70.

[Infants' moods and the chronicity of depressive symptoms: the unique creative process of being together for good or ill. Part 2: The formation of negative moods in infants and children of depressed mothers].

[Article in German]

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Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Child Development Unit, 1295 Boylston Street, Suite 320, Boston, MA 02215, USA.


In this second paper I present data on the effects of maternal depression on infant mood. Maternal depression is relatively stable and the infant continuously faces an affective climate characterized by negative affects. These negative affects disrupt the interactive experience of the infant and the mother. Positive affective matching is limited and reparation of mismatching states is infrequent. As a consequence infants develop a negative mood that biases their interactions with others and further exacerbates their affective problems.

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