"Depressed" fathers' interactions with their infants

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Abstract

Four groups (N = 80 families) of depressed (depressive symptoms) and nondepressed fathers and mothers were compared during interactions with their 3- to 6-month-old infants to determine how depressed versus nondepressed fathers interacted with their infants and how their interactions compared with depressed mothers interacting with their infants. Depressed and nondepressed fathers received similar ratings and depressed fathers received higher interaction ratings than depressed mothers. Although depressed fathers did not seem to behave negatively with their infants, their nondepressed partners showed less optimal interaction behaviors with their infants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-332
Number of pages11
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1999

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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