Facial Expressivity in Infants of Depressed Mothers

Jeffrey Pickens, Tiffany Field

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Facial expressions were examined in 84 3-month-old infants of mothers classified as depressed, nondepressed, or low scoring on the Beck Depression Inventory. Mother-infant dyads were videotaped during a 3-min face-to-face play interaction, and the videotapes were coded by using the AFFEX facial expression coding system. Infants of both depressed and low-scoring mothers showed significantly more sadness and anger expressions and fewer interest expressions than infants of nondepressed mothers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)986-988
Number of pages3
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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