Journal article

Perinatal maternal mental health and infant socio-emotional development: A growth curve analysis using the MPEWS cohort.

Elisa Porter, Andrew J Lewis, Stuart J Watson, Megan Galbally

Infant Behav Dev | Published : 2019

Abstract

Pregnancy and the early post partum period are widely understood as a critical period for the infant's emotional development and the earliest influence shaping social interaction. The present study aims to understand the potential influence of both antenatal and postnatal maternal anxiety and depressive symptoms on socio-emotional outcomes in offspring aged 12 months. The study used longitudinal data from a prospective cohort study on Australian pregnant women and their children. Data were available for 282 mothers and their children. Maternal depressive and anxiety symptoms were measured in early pregnancy, trimester three of pregnancy, six and 12 months postpartum. Social and emotional dev..

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