Trajectories of Maternal Depressive Symptoms, Maternal Sensitivity, and Children's Functioning at School Entry

Susan B. Campbell, Patricia Matestic, Camilla von Stauffenberg, Roli Mohan, Thomas Kirchner

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Abstract

Using data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, the authors modeled trajectories of maternal depressive symptoms from infant age 1 month to 7 years. The authors identified 6 trajectories of maternal depressive symptoms: high-chronic, moderate-increasing, high-decreasing, intermittent, moderate-stable, and low-stable. Women on these depression trajectories varied in sociodemographic risk and in changes in observed maternal sensitivity over time. Maternal sensitivity was generally higher and increased when depressive symptoms were low; sensitivity was lower and decreased when depressive symptoms were either high or increasing. Child outcomes at 1st grade were examined by trajectory group. The authors discuss the complexity of disentangling maternal symptoms from maternal sensitivity and sociodemographic risk when predicting children's functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1202-1215
Number of pages14
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Volume43
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

Keywords

  • child adjustment
  • maternal depressive symptoms
  • maternal sensitivity
  • sociodemographic risk
  • trajectories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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