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Sadness in mothers’ ‘baby-talk’ predicts affective disorder in adolescent offspring

Murray, L., Marwick, H. and Arteche, A. (2010) Sadness in mothers’ ‘baby-talk’ predicts affective disorder in adolescent offspring. Infant Behavior and Development, 33 (3). pp. 361-364. ISSN 0163-6383

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2010.03.009

Abstract/Summary

‘Baby-talk’ is common across cultures. It underpins infant vocal preferences, and helps regulate infant engagement. Its longer-term significance is unclear. In a longitudinal study, we found indications of ‘sadness’ in postnatally depressed mothers’ baby-talk statistically mediated effects of maternal depression on offspring adolescent affective disorder.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Winnicott
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Development
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Clinical Language Sciences
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:18209
Uncontrolled Keywords:Speech; Postnatal depression; Baby-talk; Parentese; Affective disorder; Depression
Publisher:Elsevier

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