Mothers' perceptions of infants labelled 'depressed'

Alexandra Martinez, Tiffany Field, Jeffrey N. Pickens, Tarja Raag, Regina Yando, Debra Bendell, Paul Blaney

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Forty-four depressed and non-depressed mothers participated in a videotaped interaction with their own infant and then rated the videotape using the Infant Stereotyping Scale and the Interaction Rating Scale. In addition, one half of the mothers rated a videotape of an unfamiliar infant who was labelled psychologically 'depressed' and the other half rated a videotape of the same infant with no label given. Both the depressed and non-depressed mothers rated the 'depressed' labelled infant more negatively than the non-labelled infant on the attributes of physical potency, cognitive competence, sociability and difficult behaviour. Physical appearance was the only rating that was not biased by the 'depressed' label. Mothers' ratings of their own infants were more positive than their ratings of the non-labelled stimulus infant Depressed mothers did not see their infants more negatively except on one rating. They rated the physical appearance of their own infant more negatively than non-depressed mothers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-22
Number of pages8
JournalInfant and Child Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1996


  • Depressed infants
  • Depressed mothers
  • Perceptions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


Dive into the research topics of 'Mothers' perceptions of infants labelled 'depressed''. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this