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Children's perceptions of caregiving by depressed mothers

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Date Issued:
1995
Summary:
This thesis examined maternal caregiving as a function of maternal depression. Subjects were 184 fourth through seventh grade children and their mothers. Mothers' depression classification was determined by scores on a depression inventory. Both children and mothers responded to questionnaires developed to measure parenting style. Children also completed a peer nomination inventory to measure adjustment in the peer group. It was hypothesized that depressed mothers would be perceived as more likely to engage in negative parenting behaviors and less likely to exhibit positive caregiving. Similarly, it was expected that children with depressed mothers would exhibit greater internalizing/externalizing behavior problems in the peer group. Results were the reverse of those expected, with children of depressed mothers perceiving less use of aversive caregiving behaviors, and more positive interaction. Maternal depression was unrelated to measures of internalizing and externalizing behaviors.
Title: Children's perceptions of caregiving by depressed mothers.
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Name(s): Martin, Elizabeth Anne
Florida Atlantic University, Degree Grantor
Perry, David G., Thesis Advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1995
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 74 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: This thesis examined maternal caregiving as a function of maternal depression. Subjects were 184 fourth through seventh grade children and their mothers. Mothers' depression classification was determined by scores on a depression inventory. Both children and mothers responded to questionnaires developed to measure parenting style. Children also completed a peer nomination inventory to measure adjustment in the peer group. It was hypothesized that depressed mothers would be perceived as more likely to engage in negative parenting behaviors and less likely to exhibit positive caregiving. Similarly, it was expected that children with depressed mothers would exhibit greater internalizing/externalizing behavior problems in the peer group. Results were the reverse of those expected, with children of depressed mothers perceiving less use of aversive caregiving behaviors, and more positive interaction. Maternal depression was unrelated to measures of internalizing and externalizing behaviors.
Identifier: 15173 (digitool), FADT15173 (IID), fau:11945 (fedora)
Note(s): Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1995.
Subject(s): Mother and child
Depressed persons
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