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Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2004 Fall;35(1):37-53.

A longitudinal study of maternal depressive symptoms, negative expectations and perceptions of child problems.

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Department of Child Psychiatry, Tampere University Hospital, University of Tampere, Medical School. ilona.luoma@uta.fi

Abstract

The aim of this longitudinal study was to examine the associations between maternal depressive symptoms and perceptions of children's problems. One hundred and nineteen mother-child dyads were followed from the third trimester of pregnancy for almost 10 years. Depressive symptoms and background factors of the mothers and the anticipated/perceived problems of their firstborn were assessed prenatally, postnatally, and when the child was 4-5 years and 8-9 years old. The simultaneous and long-term associations between maternal depressive symptoms and child's problems were examined. Maternal prenatal depressive symptoms, the continuity of negative expectations to postnatal problem perceptions, and high problem level at 4-5 years of child's age predicted high problem level in 8-9-year-olds.

PMID:
15626324
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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