A longitudinal study of maternal depressive symptoms, negative expectations and perceptions of child problems

Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. Fall 2004;35(1):37-53. doi: 10.1023/b:chud.0000039319.96151.63.

Abstract

The aim of this longitudinal study was to examine the associations between maternal depressive symptoms and perceptions of children's problems. One hundred and nineteen mother-child dyads were followed from the third trimester of pregnancy for almost 10 years. Depressive symptoms and background factors of the mothers and the anticipated/perceived problems of their firstborn were assessed prenatally, postnatally, and when the child was 4-5 years and 8-9 years old. The simultaneous and long-term associations between maternal depressive symptoms and child's problems were examined. Maternal prenatal depressive symptoms, the continuity of negative expectations to postnatal problem perceptions, and high problem level at 4-5 years of child's age predicted high problem level in 8-9-year-olds.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Behavior / psychology
  • Child of Impaired Parents / psychology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology*
  • Female
  • Finland
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / psychology
  • Social Perception