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Presented at the 18th Annual Research Conference

Influence of Maternal Well-being on Low-Income Adolescents' Cognitive and Behavioral Outcomes

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Presenting: Bridget Goosby

All Authors for this paper: Bridget Goosby

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: The purpose of this study is to build on the literature assessing the mediating influence of maternal depressive symptoms on adolescent cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes. This study seeks to demonstrate the importance of maternal mental health and home contextual factors in the cognitive and socioemotional development of young low-income adolescents. This study is based upon a sample of African American and white students ages 10 to 14 from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth in 1998. Regression analysis is used to test the relationship between the mediating relationship between poverty duration and maternal mental health on young adolescent outcomes.

Pathways between Maternal Depression and Early Child Language Outcomes

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Presenting: Elizabeth Spier

All Authors for this paper: Elizabeth Spier; Catherine Tamis-Le Monda; Barbara Pan; Meredith Rowe

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: This study examined whether maternal vocabulary mediated maternal depression and children's language development in 62 low-income families. Mothers scoring in the Depressed range on the CES-D at child age 14 months used sparse vocabulary with their children, and those children went on to average more than three standard deviations below established norms on the PPVT-III at age three. Regression models revealed that maternal vocabulary acted as a mediator between maternal depression and children's lexical development. These results suggest that it is important to consider maternal mental health when attempting to support children's lexical development in this at-risk population.

Maternal Depression Focus Group Project

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Presenting: Kathy Lazear

All Authors for this paper: Kathy Lazear

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: Maternal depression is a very costly mental health condition that is highly prevalent and under-treated in communities of color. Little is known about effective, culturally appropriate ways to outreach and engage mothers and their families or how to effectively screen and treat them for depression. This presentation presents focus group findings from 18 community-based organizations representing racial and ethnic diversity in order to gain a better understanding of how these diverse populations across the country view depression and its impact on children; where families turn for help; strategies that might be helpful; and, how families talk about and define depression.

The Ecology of Maternal Depression: Addressing a Silent Epidemic

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Session Number: 55 Room: Salon I

Presenting: Larke Huang; Mareasa Isaacs

All Authors for this paper: Larke Huang; Mareasa Isaacs

Presentation Type: brief symposium

Synopsis: This symposium takes a developmental, ecological approach to understanding the impact of maternal depression in low-income urban communities. Research indicates increasing levels of maternal depression, particularly among women of color, yet a lack of systematic intervention for this under-identified condition in this traditionally under-served population. This symposium highlights the impact of maternal depression on critical developmental tasks of young children and adolescents and discusses the effectiveness of natural systems and social networks in prevention and intervention. These studies will provide a foundation for shaping a family system of care that builds on the family ecology and community context.

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Session Time: 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM