Altering Withdrawn and Intrusive Interaction Behaviors of Depressed Mothers

Julie E. Malphurs, Tiffany M. Field, Claudia Larraine, Jeffrey Pickens, Martha Pelaez-Nogueras, Regina Yando, Debra Bendell

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Interaction coaching was given to 44 depressed mothers who had either a withdrawn or intrusive interaction style with their infants. The intrusive and withdrawn mothers were given instructions either to imitate their infants' behavior or to keep their infants' attention. The results suggested that the specific type of interaction coaching for the specific type of depressed mother (imitation for the intrusive mothers and attention-getting for the withdrawn mothers) significantly unproved their interaction behaviors with their infants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-160
Number of pages9
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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