ERIC Number: ED476908
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Effects of Maternal Depression on Youth Adjustment.
Depressive disorders are chronic illnesses affecting women and their families for extended periods of time. This paper summarizes research related to the effects of maternal depression on children's short and long term adjustment. Children of depressed mothers are at risk for internalizing and externalizing disorders. Genetics account for a small portion of these problems. Since depressed mothers tend to withdraw or show intrusive, hostile behaviors with their children, parent-child interaction problems account for the majority of youth adjustment problems, particularly when mothers' depression is severe, occurs during infancy, is chronic, and is paired with high family conflict or separation. Individual youth differences may relate to gender. Interventions, aimed at education, open communication, and treatment of parent-child attachment problems, are recommended. (Contains 22 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Masters Thesis, University of Northern Iowa.