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[2019. 13-2] Maternal Postpartum Depressive Symptom Trajectories from Birth to 6 Years and Children
- chief of researchYeon Ha Kim
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Maternal Postpartum Depressive Symptom Trajectories from Birth to 6 Years and Children's Emotional Control Difficulty at First Grade
Yeon Ha Kim
This study was to identify trajectories of maternal postpartum depressive symptoms from childbirth to 6 yearsand to examine differences of children’s emotional controlling difficulties at first grade by the trajectories. The participants of this study were 1,553 mothers and children, which is a subset of Panel Study of Korean Child. Trajectories of maternal depressive symptoms were analysed using latent class growth analysis. The differences of children’s emotional controlling difficulties by trajectories were examined using analysis of covariance. Mothers were classified into Low(42.21%), Moderate(47.71%), and High(11.08%) groups based on their severity and chronicity of postpartum depressive symptoms from child birth to 6 years. There were significant mean differences of children’s emotional controlling difficulties at first grade by maternal depressive symptom trajectories. Children of mothers in Moderate and High groups displayed more emotional controlling difficulties at first grade than children of mothers in Low group. These results indicate that mothers’ chronic depressive symptoms should be understood as an developmental risk factor for young children. For mothers with depressive symptoms and their children, relevant prevention, screening and intervention strategies should be systematically implemented.
Keyword: maternal depression, emotional control, trajectory, first grade