Infant negativity moderates trajectories of maternal emotion across pregnancy and the peripartum period

dc.contributor.authorBrooker, Rebecca J.
dc.contributor.authorMistry-Patel, Sejal
dc.contributor.authorKiel, Elizabeth J.
dc.contributor.authorLiu, Shuling
dc.contributor.authorVan Lieshout, Ryan J.
dc.contributor.authorSchmidt, Louis A.
dc.contributor.authorJohn-Henderson, Neha
dc.date.accessioned2023-02-17T18:51:52Z
dc.date.available2023-02-17T18:51:52Z
dc.date.issued2023-01
dc.description.abstractBackground. Although the effects of maternal behavior on the development of child emotion characteristics is relatively well-established, effects of infant characteristics on maternal emotion development are less well known. This gap in knowledge persists despite repeated calls for including child-to-mother effects in studies of emotion. We tested the theory-based postulate that infant temperamental negativity moderates longitudinal trajectories of mothers’ perinatal symptoms of anxiety and depression. Method. Participants were 92 pregnant community women who enrolled in a longitudinal study of maternal mental health; symptoms of anxiety and depression were assessed during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy and again at infant age 4 months. A multimethod assessment of infants’ temperament-based negative reactivity was conducted at infant age 4 months. Results. Maternal symptoms of anxiety showed smaller postnatal declines when levels of infant negativity were high. Mother rated and observed infant negative reactivity was related to smaller postnatal declines in maternal anxiety, while infant negative reactivity, at the level of neuroendocrine function, was largely unrelated to longitudinal changes in maternal anxiety symptoms. Infant negativity was related to early levels, but largely unrelated to trajectories of maternal symptoms of depression. Limitations. Limitations of this work include a relatively small and low-risk sample size, the inability to isolate environmental effects, and a nonexperimental design that precludes causal inference. Conclusions. Findings suggest that levels of infant negativity are associated with differences in the degree of change in maternal anxiety symptoms across the perinatal period.en_US
dc.identifier.citationBrooker, R. J., Mistry-Patel, S., Kiel, E. J., Liu, S., Van Lieshout, R. J., Schmidt, L. A., & John-Henderson, N. (2023). Infant Negativity Moderates Trajectories of Maternal Emotion Across Pregnancy and the Peripartum Period. Journal of Affective Disorders Reports, 100481.en_US
dc.identifier.issn2666-9153
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.montana.edu/handle/1/17700
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherElsevier BVen_US
dc.rights0cc-byen_US
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en_US
dc.subjecttemperamenten_US
dc.subjectmaternal anvietyen_US
dc.subjectpregnancyen_US
dc.subjectpostpartumen_US
dc.titleInfant negativity moderates trajectories of maternal emotion across pregnancy and the peripartum perioden_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
mus.citation.extentfirstpage1en_US
mus.citation.extentlastpage10en_US
mus.citation.journaltitleJournal of Affective Disorders Reportsen_US
mus.citation.volume11en_US
mus.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jadr.2023.100481en_US
mus.relation.collegeCollege of Letters & Scienceen_US
mus.relation.departmentPsychology.en_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US

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