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Written for my Child Development class this paper is a journal review of an article dealing with postpartum depression of mothers and fathers being a influence on child temperment The article is fully cited in case one want to read it themselves Enjoy Postpartum depression and child development An investigation of mothers and fathers as sources of risk and resilience Carro MG Grant KE Gotlib IH and Compas BE 1992 Postpartum depression and child development An investigation of mothers and fathers as sources or risk and resilience Development and Psychopathology 5 566-579 Reasons I chose this article because of my interest in the influences of outside forces on aspects of temperament and personality in infants In fact the title of the article was enough to entrigue me into wanting to use this article for my report I believe that a depressive environment can promote a depressed personality which in turn can influence temperament negatively and visa versa Summary of Study This participants of this study consisted of 70 mothers and fathers who were part of a larger longitudinal study investigating the development and consequences of depression during the postpartum period The subjects of the larger study were conveniently recruited when they arrived for their first appointment with an obstetrician during pregnancy From the larger study 130 mothers were randomly chosen and approached to participate in this study and of the 122 mothers who agreed 70 had husbands who also agreed At the time the study began the mothers had a mean age of 2897 years Standard Deviation 368 with a mean of 1448 years of education Standard Deviation 217 fathers had a mean age of 3073 years Standard Deviation 428 and a mean of 1447 years of education Standard Deviation 273 The participants depressive symptoms were measured using the BDI rating scale This 21-item self-report measures affective cognitive motivational and physiological symptoms of depression and is one of the most
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