Remission of maternal depression: relations to family functioning and youth internalizing and externalizing symptoms.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

Family functioning and parenting were hypothesized to mediate the relation between remission of maternal depression and children's psychosocial adjustment. Participants were 114 mother-child dyads participating in the Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression Child 3-month follow-up. All mothers had been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and were treated initially with citalopram; 33% of mothers experienced remission of depressive symptoms. Youth ranged in age from 7 to 17. Remission of maternal depression was associated with changes in children's reports of their mothers' warmth/acceptance, which in turn partially mediated the relation between maternal depression remission and youth internalizing symptoms, accounting for 22.9% of the variance.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Foster, CE; Webster, MC; Weissman, MM; Pilowsky, DJ; Wickramaratne, PJ; Talati, A; Rush, AJ; Hughes, CW; Garber, J; Malloy, E; Cerda, G; Kornstein, SG; Alpert, JE; Wisniewski, SR; Trivedi, MH; Fava, M; King, CA

Published Date

  • October 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 714 - 724

PubMed ID

  • 18991123

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2989174

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-4424

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/15374410802359726


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England