Maternal depression in association with fathers' involvement with their infants

Spillover or compensation/buffering?

Sherryl H. Goodman, Cara M. Lusby, Katina Thompson, Donald J Newport, Zachary N. Stowe

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

18 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Both concurrent and prospective associations between maternal depression and father involvement were tested to evaluate support for the spillover model (higher depressive symptom levels associated with lower father involvement) and the compensatory/buffering model (higher depressive symptom levels associated with higher father involvement). Participants in this longitudinal study were women at risk for perinatal depression in association with their histories of mood or anxiety disorders, their husbands/partners, and their infants at 3, 6, and 12 months of age. Maternal depressive symptoms were measured with depression rating scales at multiple times over the infants' first year. Paternal involvement was measured with a questionnaire (relative perceived responsibility) and a time diary (accessibility and engagement) inquiring about a recent weekday and a recent weekend, completed in a telephone interview, at infant ages 3, 6, and 12 months. Findings consistently supported the compensatory/buffering model for depression in the first 6 months' postpartum, along with an indication of spillover regarding maternal depressive symptoms that persist into the second half of the infants' first year. Findings are discussed in terms of implications for clinical practice and policy as well as suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-508
Number of pages14
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Fingerprint

Fathers
Mothers
Depression
Anxiety Disorders
Mood Disorders
Spouses
Postpartum Period
Longitudinal Studies
Interviews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

Cite this

Maternal depression in association with fathers' involvement with their infants : Spillover or compensation/buffering? / Goodman, Sherryl H.; Lusby, Cara M.; Thompson, Katina; Newport, Donald J; Stowe, Zachary N.

In: Infant Mental Health Journal, Vol. 35, No. 5, 2014, p. 495-508.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Goodman, Sherryl H. ; Lusby, Cara M. ; Thompson, Katina ; Newport, Donald J ; Stowe, Zachary N. / Maternal depression in association with fathers' involvement with their infants : Spillover or compensation/buffering?. In: Infant Mental Health Journal. 2014 ; Vol. 35, No. 5. pp. 495-508.
@article{524d6f8e730d48efad567b63a332e124,
title = "Maternal depression in association with fathers' involvement with their infants: Spillover or compensation/buffering?",
abstract = "Both concurrent and prospective associations between maternal depression and father involvement were tested to evaluate support for the spillover model (higher depressive symptom levels associated with lower father involvement) and the compensatory/buffering model (higher depressive symptom levels associated with higher father involvement). Participants in this longitudinal study were women at risk for perinatal depression in association with their histories of mood or anxiety disorders, their husbands/partners, and their infants at 3, 6, and 12 months of age. Maternal depressive symptoms were measured with depression rating scales at multiple times over the infants' first year. Paternal involvement was measured with a questionnaire (relative perceived responsibility) and a time diary (accessibility and engagement) inquiring about a recent weekday and a recent weekend, completed in a telephone interview, at infant ages 3, 6, and 12 months. Findings consistently supported the compensatory/buffering model for depression in the first 6 months' postpartum, along with an indication of spillover regarding maternal depressive symptoms that persist into the second half of the infants' first year. Findings are discussed in terms of implications for clinical practice and policy as well as suggestions for future research.",
author = "Goodman, {Sherryl H.} and Lusby, {Cara M.} and Katina Thompson and Newport, {Donald J} and Stowe, {Zachary N.}",
year = "2014",
doi = "10.1002/imhj.21469",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "35",
pages = "495--508",
journal = "Infant Mental Health Journal",
issn = "0163-9641",
publisher = "John Wiley and Sons Inc.",
number = "5",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Maternal depression in association with fathers' involvement with their infants

T2 - Spillover or compensation/buffering?

AU - Goodman, Sherryl H.

AU - Lusby, Cara M.

AU - Thompson, Katina

AU - Newport, Donald J

AU - Stowe, Zachary N.

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - Both concurrent and prospective associations between maternal depression and father involvement were tested to evaluate support for the spillover model (higher depressive symptom levels associated with lower father involvement) and the compensatory/buffering model (higher depressive symptom levels associated with higher father involvement). Participants in this longitudinal study were women at risk for perinatal depression in association with their histories of mood or anxiety disorders, their husbands/partners, and their infants at 3, 6, and 12 months of age. Maternal depressive symptoms were measured with depression rating scales at multiple times over the infants' first year. Paternal involvement was measured with a questionnaire (relative perceived responsibility) and a time diary (accessibility and engagement) inquiring about a recent weekday and a recent weekend, completed in a telephone interview, at infant ages 3, 6, and 12 months. Findings consistently supported the compensatory/buffering model for depression in the first 6 months' postpartum, along with an indication of spillover regarding maternal depressive symptoms that persist into the second half of the infants' first year. Findings are discussed in terms of implications for clinical practice and policy as well as suggestions for future research.

AB - Both concurrent and prospective associations between maternal depression and father involvement were tested to evaluate support for the spillover model (higher depressive symptom levels associated with lower father involvement) and the compensatory/buffering model (higher depressive symptom levels associated with higher father involvement). Participants in this longitudinal study were women at risk for perinatal depression in association with their histories of mood or anxiety disorders, their husbands/partners, and their infants at 3, 6, and 12 months of age. Maternal depressive symptoms were measured with depression rating scales at multiple times over the infants' first year. Paternal involvement was measured with a questionnaire (relative perceived responsibility) and a time diary (accessibility and engagement) inquiring about a recent weekday and a recent weekend, completed in a telephone interview, at infant ages 3, 6, and 12 months. Findings consistently supported the compensatory/buffering model for depression in the first 6 months' postpartum, along with an indication of spillover regarding maternal depressive symptoms that persist into the second half of the infants' first year. Findings are discussed in terms of implications for clinical practice and policy as well as suggestions for future research.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84907964784&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84907964784&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1002/imhj.21469

DO - 10.1002/imhj.21469

M3 - Article

VL - 35

SP - 495

EP - 508

JO - Infant Mental Health Journal

JF - Infant Mental Health Journal

SN - 0163-9641

IS - 5

ER -