Depressed mothers and their children: attachment issues

Antonia Bifulco

in Oxford Textbook of Women and Mental Health

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ISBN: 9780199214365
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640454 | DOI:

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Depressed mothers and their children: attachment issues

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Depression is a common psychological disorder in mothers. This is not only because female rates are nearly double male rates at different life stages (Nolen- Hoeksema 1990), but also because motherhood confers added risk (Bebbington et al. 1991). This results in dual social and psychological problems: first around the health and lack of well-being of mothers who suffer the depression, and second around the health and development of their children on whom it impacts. Thus women's quality of life, intergenerational transmission of risk, and obstacles to a child's healthy development become inter-related problems linked to maternal depression. Parenting and attachment style are both implicated.

Chapter.  4813 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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