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This study tested two models for the indirect influence of mothers’ early adversity on maternal sensitivity:

Model A:

  • Mothers’ appraisal of infant temperament was hypothesized to mediate the influence of mothers’ early adversity and depression on maternal sensitivity
  • There would be no direct influence of maternal depression

Model B:

  • Mothers’ depression was hypothesized to have a direct influence on maternal sensitivity
  • Mothers’ perception of infant temperament would not mediate the influence of maternal depression on maternal sensitivity


A poster presentation at the Biannual Meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development in Montréal, Québec, March 31 - April 2, 2011.