J Affect Disord 2021 May 27;292:757-765. Epub 2021 May 27.
School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, Australia; Psychology, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia; Women's Health, Genetics and Mental Health Directorate, King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women, Subiaco, Australia; Faculty of Health and Medicine Sciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. Electronic address:
Background: Social support theory suggests that parental social support may influence the nature of early parenting behaviours and specifically the mother-infant relationship. This study examines whether support from a partner, friends or family is associated with differences in quality of mother-infant interactions in the context of maternal depression.
Methods: 210 women were followed from early pregnancy to six months postpartum within Australian pregnancy cohort, the Mercy Pregnancy and Emotional Wellbeing Study (MPEWS). Read More