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The impact of maternal psychiatric illness on infant development.

Authors
  • Weinberg, M K
  • Tronick, E Z
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of clinical psychiatry
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1998
Volume
59 Suppl 2
Pages
53–61
Identifiers
PMID: 9559760
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Maternal depression and anxiety are associated with compromises in infant and maternal social and emotional functioning. In this paper, we briefly review the literature on this topic and present some preliminary findings on a group of mothers in treatment for major depressive disorder, panic disorder, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. The findings suggest that the symptom reports of treated mothers with established DSM diagnoses were similar overall to those of control mothers. However, the mothers' psychiatric illness had a compromising effect on their interactions with their infants and on their infants' social and emotional functioning. The implications of these results are discussed.

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