Aug 9, 2007

Depressive symptoms among rural Bangladeshi mothers: implications for infant development

Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
Maureen M BlackRobert E Black

Abstract

To examine how maternal depressive symptoms are related to infant development among low-income infants in rural Bangladesh and to examine how the relationship is affected by maternal perceptions of infant irritability and observations of caregiving practices. Development was measured among 221 infants at 6 and 12 months with the Bayley Scales II. Mothers reported on their depressive symptoms and on perceptions of their infant's temperament, and a home visit was made to complete the HOME Inventory. Half (52%) the mothers reported depressive symptoms. In bivariate analyses, maternal depressive symptoms were related to low scores on the Bayley Scales. Infants whose mothers reported depressive symptoms and perceived their infants to be irritable acquired fewer cognitive, motor, and Orientation/Engagement skills between 6-12 months than infants whose mothers reported neither or only one condition. The relationship linking maternal depressive symptoms and perceived infant irritability with infant cognitive skills was partially mediated by parental responsiveness and opportunities for play in the home. The intergenerational risks of maternal depressive symptoms on infant development extend to rural Bangladesh and are accentuated when ...Continue Reading

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Infant Behavior
Illiteracy
Infant Development
Melancholia
Depressive Symptoms
Irritable Mood
Social Ecology
Parenting Behavior
Cognition
Factor Construct Rating Scales (Fcrs)

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