Journal article

The impact of maternal perinatal depression on exposure to reading and screen time for their infants: pilot findings from the MPEWS Study

Grace Cowderoy, Josephine Power, Andrew Lewis, Stuart Watson, Megan Galbally

AUSTRALASIAN PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To explore the association between maternal depression and the screen and reading time experienced by their infants. METHODS: This study utilises data on 158 women and infants, collected within the Mercy Pregnancy and Emotional Wellbeing Study. Women less than 20 weeks gestation were diagnosed using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders. Six months postpartum they completed questionnaires about themselves, their infant and early parenting practices. RESULTS: Children of women with a past diagnosis of depression were exposed to fewer days of 15-minute reading time per week compared to the children of women with no diagnosis. While the current depression grou..

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