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TitleCouple's relationship and depressive symptoms during the transition to parenthood and Toddler's emotional and behavioral problems
Author(s)Pinto, Tiago Miguel
Figueiredo, Bárbara
KeywordsChild
Depression
Emotions
Female
Humans
Mothers
Pregnancy
Postpartum
Problem Behavior
Couple’s interaction
Mother’s and father’s depressive symptoms
Toddler’s internalizing and externalizing problems
Transition to parenthood
Preschool
Issue date2022
PublisherMDPI
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
CitationPinto, T.M.; Figueiredo, B. Couple’s Relationship and Depressive Symptoms during the Transition to Parenthood and Toddler’s Emotional and Behavioral Problems. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 3610. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063610
Abstract(s)The couple's relationship and mother and father's depressive symptoms during the transition to parenthood were associated with the toddler's emotional and behavioral problems. This study aimed to analyze how the couple's positive and negative interactions and mother and father's depressive symptoms during the transition to parenthood impact toddlers' emotional and behavioral problems. A sample of 95 mothers and fathers (N = 190) were recruited and individually completed questionnaires to assess couples' positive and negative interactions and depressive symptoms during the first trimester of pregnancy and at 3 and 30 months postpartum, and they completed the Child Behavior Checklist 1.5-5 at 30 months postpartum. The path analyses revealed that the couple's postnatal negative interaction partially mediates the impact of the mother's prenatal depressive symptoms on the toddler's internalizing problems at 30 months postpartum. The father's postnatal depressive symptoms and the couple's concurrent positive interaction mediated the impact of the couple's prenatal positive interaction on the toddler's externalizing problems at 30 months postpartum. The screening of the couple's negative interaction and depressive symptoms during pregnancy and the postnatal period can help to identify mothers, fathers, and toddlers at risk for mental health problems.
TypeArticle
URIhttps://hdl.handle.net/1822/77358
DOI10.3390/ijerph19063610
ISSN1661-7827
e-ISSN1660-4601
Publisher versionhttps://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/19/6/3610
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessOpen access
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