Pregnancy Problems, Postpartum Depression, and Early Mother-Infant Interactions

Tiffany M Field, David Sandberg, Robert Garcia, Nitza Vega-Lahr, Sheri Goldstein, Lisa Guy

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Abstract

A subsample of 24 women who had received ultrasound examinations and psychological interviews during the third trimester of pregnancy was subsequently divided into one group who had reported pregnancy problems (marital difficulties and ambivalence about the child) and one group who had not. The mothers were then observed at 3 to 5 months postpartum in interactions with their infants and were given questionnaires on depression, anxiety, locus of control, temperament, and childrearing attitudes. The mothers who had experienced pregnancy problems were more depressed, anxious, and "externalizing" postpartum and expressed more punitive childrearing attitudes. In addition, these "depressed" mothers and their infants showed less optimal interaction behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1152-1156
Number of pages5
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Volume21
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 1985

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Mother-Child Relations
Postpartum Depression
pregnancy
infant
Mothers
Pregnancy
Postpartum Period
Psychological Interviews
interaction
interaction behavior
Temperament
Internal-External Control
locus of control
Third Pregnancy Trimester
ambivalence
Anxiety
Group
Depression
anxiety
examination

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

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Pregnancy Problems, Postpartum Depression, and Early Mother-Infant Interactions. / Field, Tiffany M; Sandberg, David; Garcia, Robert; Vega-Lahr, Nitza; Goldstein, Sheri; Guy, Lisa.

In: Developmental Psychology, Vol. 21, No. 6, 01.11.1985, p. 1152-1156.

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Field, TM, Sandberg, D, Garcia, R, Vega-Lahr, N, Goldstein, S & Guy, L 1985, 'Pregnancy Problems, Postpartum Depression, and Early Mother-Infant Interactions', Developmental Psychology, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 1152-1156. https://doi.org/10.1037/0012-1649.21.6.1152
Field, Tiffany M ; Sandberg, David ; Garcia, Robert ; Vega-Lahr, Nitza ; Goldstein, Sheri ; Guy, Lisa. / Pregnancy Problems, Postpartum Depression, and Early Mother-Infant Interactions. In: Developmental Psychology. 1985 ; Vol. 21, No. 6. pp. 1152-1156.
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