Depressed Fathers' Stereotyping of Infants Labeled "Depressed"

Sybil Hart, Tiffany M Field, Marilyn Stern, Nancy Jones

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This study investigated whether depressed and nondepressed fathers stereotyped infants labeled "depressed" and how they viewed their own infants. Twenty- five fathers (12 nondepressed, 13 depressed) of 4-month old infants rated their infants' psychological, social and physical attributes on the Infant Stereotyping Scale (ISS). They then rated videotaped infants, labeled "normal" or "depressed", on the ISS. Fathers rated depressed versus normal infants lower on sociability, social behavior, and cognitive competence. Depressed versus nondepressed fathers, rated depressed infants lower on social behavior, potency, and sociability. Depressed fathers rated their own infants lower on social behavior, potency, and cognitive competence as well as being more vulnerable. Implications of parental depression on stereotyping effects and possible risks for infants are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-445
Number of pages10
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Volume18
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

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Depressed Fathers' Stereotyping of Infants Labeled "Depressed". / Hart, Sybil; Field, Tiffany M; Stern, Marilyn; Jones, Nancy.

In: Infant Mental Health Journal, Vol. 18, No. 4, 01.12.1997, p. 436-445.

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Hart, S, Field, TM, Stern, M & Jones, N 1997, 'Depressed Fathers' Stereotyping of Infants Labeled "Depressed"', Infant Mental Health Journal, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 436-445.
Hart, Sybil ; Field, Tiffany M ; Stern, Marilyn ; Jones, Nancy. / Depressed Fathers' Stereotyping of Infants Labeled "Depressed". In: Infant Mental Health Journal. 1997 ; Vol. 18, No. 4. pp. 436-445.
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