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FLORES, Mariana Rodrigues; SOUZA, Ana Paula Ramos de; MORAES, Anaelena Bragança de  and  BELTRAMI, Luciane. Association between risk indicators for child development and maternal emotional state. Rev. CEFAC [online]. 2013, vol.15, n.2, pp.348-360.  Epub June 05, 2012. ISSN 1982-0216.

PURPOSE: to analyze the association between depression and anxiety maternal emotional states, whether combined or isolated and its relation with child development risk in children with zero to four month old. METHOD: this is an observational, analytic and a cohort research. We utilized the Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventories and Child Development Index Risks Inventory for data collection with 182 pairs of mother-child as for their interaction. RESULTS: the percentage of babies with at least one development risk and maternal and maternal anxiety emotional states when combined (34,2%; p<0,001) was significantly higher than with mothers without altered emotional states. There was a significant correlation between depression and anxiety (G= 0,83; p< 0,01e), that shows that mothers with higher degrees of depression also have anxiety states. CONCLUSION: there was association between maternal depression and anxiety and presence of risk for child development, a fact that shows the need for public health programs in order to care and to treat such pairs, when needed.

Keywords : Mothers; Risk Factors; Child Development; Depression; Anxiety.

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