Early-occurring maternal depression and maternal negativity in predicting young children's emotion regulation and socioemotional difficulties

Angeline Maughan, Dante Cicchetti, Sheree L. Toth, Fred A. Rogosch

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Abstract

This longitudinal investigation examined the effects of maternal depression and concomitant negative parenting behaviors on children's emotion regulation patterns and socioemotional functioning. One hundred fifty-one mothers and their children were assessed when children were approximately 1 1/2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-years of age. Ninety-three of the children had mothers with a history of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) that had occurred within the first 21 months of the child's birth, and 58 of the children had mothers without any history of MDD. Early-occurring Initial maternal depression predicted children's dysregulated emotion patterns at age 4 and decreased perceived competence ratings at age 5. Initial maternal depression also indirectly predicted decreased child social acceptance ratings at age 5 through its association with dysregulated emotion patterns. Furthermore, the relation between maternal depression and children's decreased social acceptance was more pronounced in those offspring with a history of high versus low maternal negativity exposure. Findings increase understanding of the processes by which maternal depression confers risk on children's socioemotional adjustment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-703
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007

Keywords

  • Early-occurring maternal depression
  • Emotion regulation
  • Maternal negativity
  • Mediating and moderating processes
  • Socioemotional functioning

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