Newborns of mothers with depressive symptoms are less expressive

Brenda Lundy, Tiffany Field, Jeffrey Pickens

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The facial expressions of 40 newborns of mothers with depressive symptoms (n = 20) and of nondepressive mothers (n = 20) were recorded during the Brazelton Neonatal Behavior Assessment Scale and during the modeling of happy, sad, and surprised faces. Infants of mothers with depressive symptoms demonstrated inferior performance on the orientation cluster of the Brazelton scale and showed fewer interest and more precry expressions during the Brazelton. During the facial expression modeling, they showed less orientation and fewer facial expressions in response to the modeled happy and surprise facial expressions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-424
Number of pages6
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Infant expressions
  • Maternal depression
  • Newborns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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