Maternal Postpartum Depression Increases Vulnerability for Toddler Behavior Problems through Infant Cortisol Reactivity

Jamie M. Lawler, Erika L. Bocknek, Ellen W. McGinnis, Cecilia Martinez-Torteya, Katherine L. Rosenblum, Maria Muzik

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The current study examined the role of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal reactivity (a physiological indicator of stress) in early infancy as a mediator of the relationship between maternal postpartum depression and toddler behavior problems. Participants were 137 at-risk mothers and their children participating in a longitudinal study of intergenerational transmission of risk. Mothers' depression was measured five times during the infants' first 18 months. Infant cortisol was collected during a social stressor (the still-face paradigm) when infants were 6 months old, and mothers reported on toddlers' internalizing and externalizing symptoms at 18 months. Among this sample of high-risk mother-infant dyads, early postpartum depression predicted atypical infant cortisol reactivity at Correspondence should be sent to
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-274
Number of pages26
JournalInfancy
Volume24
Issue number2
Early online date21 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Lawler, Jamie M. ; Bocknek, Erika L. ; McGinnis, Ellen W. ; Martinez-Torteya, Cecilia ; Rosenblum, Katherine L. ; Muzik, Maria. / Maternal Postpartum Depression Increases Vulnerability for Toddler Behavior Problems through Infant Cortisol Reactivity. In: Infancy. 2019 ; Vol. 24, No. 2. pp. 249-274.
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