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FRIZZO, Giana Bitencourt  and  PICCININI, Cesar Augusto. Mother-baby interaction in the context of maternal depression: theoretical and empirical issues. Psicol. estud. [online]. 2005, vol.10, n.1, pp.47-55. ISSN 1413-7372.

The aim of the present study was to review the literature on mother-infant interaction in the context of maternal depression. Particularly, it aimed to examine  several factors that could mediate the maternal depression impact on infant development, such as the child's age and temperament, the chronicity of the maternal depression episode and the depressed mother's interaction style. The literature reviewed shows that  depression affects not only the mother, but also the baby and even the father, because of its influence on the family  context. Some studies also suggest  that the father's presence, as well as, the absence of marital conflict , may buffer the maternal depression effects on  the baby.

Keywords : maternal depression; mother-infant interaction; father-infant interaction.

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