The unexpected for the expecting parent: Effects of disruptive early interactions on mother-infant relationship.
Wong, Keri https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2962-8438
High-quality parental caregiving promotes children’s development from their day of birth or even earlier. Whether or not there are ways to predict, and ultimately enhance, parental caregiving quality during the prenatal stages of development has been less well understood. This is even truer when things do not go according “to plan”. In this commentary, we explore two possible scenarios, perhaps unexpected for expectant parents, that can affect children’s development: (1) postpartum parental displays of atypical behaviors and parental caregiving strategies (i.e., maternal/paternal depression) and (2) postpartum child displays of atypical behaviors (i.e., autism spectrum disorder).
Keywords: Postpartum Depression; Autism Spectrum Disorder
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5202 Biological Psychology, 5203 Clinical and Health Psychology, 52 Psychology, 5201 Applied and Developmental Psychology, Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), Depression, Brain Disorders, Pediatric, Behavioral and Social Science, Mental health, Reproductive health and childbirth, 3 Good Health and Well Being
Parenting: Science and Practice
Taylor & Francis
Betty Behrens Research Fellowship, Clare Hall Cambridge.