Continuity and Stability of Parenting of Infants by Women at Risk for Perinatal Depression: Parenting: Vol 0, No 0


Objective. The existing study aimed to enrich knowledge of continuity and stability of favourable parenting of infants, throughout age and distinct settings in ladies with a background of despair who are at elevated chance for postpartum despair. Style and design. Mothers (N = 103) with a background of main despair and their infants were being noticed for the duration of five-min play and feeding interactions when their infants were being three, six, and 12 months of age. Summary scores representing mothers’ favourable parenting were being computed individually for each and every age and context primarily based on rankings of five parenting behaviors. Mothers’ depressive symptom stages were being assessed at each and every toddler age. Final results. Continuity (regularity of degree) and stability (regularity of rank purchase) were being assessed throughout age and context at each the team and unique degree. Across-age analyses uncovered continuity in the play context and discontinuity in the feeding context, albeit only at the team degree, as nicely as weak to reasonable stability. Across-context analyses uncovered better favourable parenting scores in play than feeding at all time points as nicely as weak to reasonable stability. Variants in favourable parenting throughout age and context were being unbiased of mothers’ postpartum depressive symptom stages. Conclusions. Findings primarily based on normative samples may well not generalize to ladies with a background of despair, who may well profit from interventions aimed at boosting their favourable parenting over the class of infancy, regardless of postpartum depressive symptom degree. Final results also underscore the importance of assessing parenting at various age points and throughout varying contexts.