Jealousy protests in infants of depressed mothers

Sybil Hart, Tiffany Field, Marc Letourneau, Claudia Del Valle

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Twelve-month-old infants of (N = 97) mothers reporting depressed and nondepressed symptoms were videotaped while their mothers and a stranger directed positive attention toward a book or a doll while they ignored the infant. During conditions of unresponsiveness in which the object of attention was a doll, infants of depressed versus nondepressed mothers demonstrated less protest behavior, less proximity to their mothers, less disturbed exploratory activity and greater proximity to a stranger.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-148
Number of pages12
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998


  • Attachment
  • Emotion
  • Jealousy protest
  • Maternal depression
  • Mother-infant interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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