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

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

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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 (US)
Pages (from-to)1152-1156
Number of pages5
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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