Maternal Depression And Its Association With Insecurely Atta

Maternal Depression And Its Association With Insecurely Attached Infants; A Review Of The Research

Maternal Depression 1

Running Head: DEPRESSION ASSOCIATED WITH ATTACHMENT

Maternal Depression?s Affects
on the
Infant?s Quality of Attachment

Maternal Depression 2
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to test the hypothesis that maternal depression and quality of attachment are associated in children ranging from infancy to 7 years of age. Based on a power analysis 40 mother-infant dyads will be recruited and put into two groups, one of depressed mothers and their infants, and then the non-depressed mothers and their infants. The dyads will be recruited from the NY metropolitan area by posting fliers in grocery stores and places where baby supplies are sold, advertising in newspapers and radio ads, and in therapist?s offices. Maternal depression will be measured by Beck?s Depression Inventory which is a self-report. A score of 17 or above indicates a need for professional treatment of depression. Mothers will also be evaluated for depression by DSM-IV criteria which is comprised of having an episode of depression lasting at least two weeks with symptoms severe enough to upset daily routine, impair work, or interfere with relationships. The quality of attachment would be measured through the observational method; Strange Situation

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