Maternal depressive symptoms and infant temperament in the first year of life predict child behavior at 36 months of age

Silvia Rigato, Sophia Charalambous, Manuela Stets, Karla Holmboe

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Abstract

In a longitudinal study, mothers (N = 50) self-reported on their depressive symptoms (DS) and their child's behavior during the first year and at 36 months postpartum. Maternal DS during infancy were associated with child conduct problems (CP), suggesting a long-term association between maternal mental health and the development of child behavior. Infant temperament was also associated with child behavior so that negative affect predicted child CP, while infant surgency was associated with later hyperactivity-inattention. This study contributes to the literature by jointly assessing the role of maternal DS and infant temperament and showing that these are independent predictors of childhood behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101717
Pages (from-to)101717
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Volume67
Early online date19 Apr 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Apr 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research was supported by a Grand Challenges Explorations award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to S.R. and K.H ( OPP1119448 ). We would like to thank all the families who took part in the study and who thereby made this research possible.

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