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How does a depressed mom impact her child's emotional development?
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In brief: Severely.
The child's emotional development depends on a give-and-take with the primary caregiver: infants learn to replicate the caregiver's nonverbal mood cues, and caregiver's displays of pleasure reinforce behaviors of the infant that led to these positive reactions.
A depressed parent is unable to provide these reinforcements.

In brief: Severely.
The child's emotional development depends on a give-and-take with the primary caregiver: infants learn to replicate the caregiver's nonverbal mood cues, and caregiver's displays of pleasure reinforce behaviors of the infant that led to these positive reactions.
A depressed parent is unable to provide these reinforcements.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
In brief: Delays it
Infants of depressed mothers show differences in their efforts to get their moms to smile and "coo" back at them as young as two months of age.
If a typically engaged, interactive mom keeps her face expressionless ( " still face"), her baby keeps trying to get her attention, while a depressed mom's infant gives up very quickly and turns his face away.

In brief: Delays it
Infants of depressed mothers show differences in their efforts to get their moms to smile and "coo" back at them as young as two months of age.
If a typically engaged, interactive mom keeps her face expressionless ( " still face"), her baby keeps trying to get her attention, while a depressed mom's infant gives up very quickly and turns his face away.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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