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Master of Science (MS)
Schudlich, Tina Dawn Du Rocher
Graham, James M.
Mothers' and fathers' depressive symptoms were examined as predictors of parentally reported parenting distress, infant difficulty, and dysfunctional parent-infant interactions within an actor-partner interdependence model approach (Cook & Kenny, 2005). Observed marital conflict styles were examined as mediators of associations. A community sample of 72 couples participated with their 6-14 month old infants. Path analyses using EQS (Bentler, 2005) revealed that mothers' and fathers' depressive symptoms were significantly associated with increased parenting distress. Mothers' and fathers' parenting distress was subsequently associated with increases in infant difficulty. Fathers' depressive symptoms predicted greater dysfunctional father-infant interactions, and additionally predicted greater dysfunctional mother-infant interactions. Marital conflict styles did not mediate relationships between depressive symptoms and parenting distress, infant difficulty, or dysfunctional parent-infant interactions.
Parent and infant, Parenting--Psychological aspects, Depressed persons--Family relationships, Marital conflict--Psychological aspects, Parental influences
Western Washington University
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White, Clare R., "Effects of parental depressive symptoms and marital discord on parental functioning and parent-infant relationships" (2010). WWU Graduate School Collection. 90.