Psicologia em Estudo
Print version ISSN 1413-7372
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-73722005000100007.
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.