Preschoolers of dysphoric mothers

Claudia Lang, Tiffany Field, Jeffrey Pickens, Alex Martinez, Debra Bendell, Regina Yando, Donald Routh

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Dysphoric mothers rated their preschool children as having more internalizing and externalizing behavior problems than children of nondysphoric mothers. Observers rated the dysphoric mothers as having more negative affect during play interactions, although their children's affect was not rated more negatively. The dysphoric mother-infant dyads were also rated as having a poorer quality interaction. These data suggest that mothers' chronic dysphoria (75% were chronically dysphoric) has a negative impact on the mothers' perceptions of their children as well as the mothers' and children's interaction behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-224
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1996


  • Dysphoric mothers
  • Preschoolers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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