Maternal sleep and depressive symptoms: Links with infant Negative Affectivity

Liat Tikotzky, Andrea S. Chambers, Erika Gaylor, Rachel Manber

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This study assessed whether elevated severities of maternal depression and disturbed maternal sleep would be associated with maternal perceptions of higher Negative Affectivity of her infant. Sixty-nine mothers participated in this study. The study was part of a larger randomized controlled study testing the efficacy of acupuncture as a treatment for depression during pregnancy. The present study focused on data collected at 6 months postpartum in a naturalistic follow-up design, using the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD), maternal sleep diaries (completed daily for 1 week), and the Infant Behavior Questionnaire-Revised (IBQ-R).Regression analyses revealed that (a) maternal depression severity was a significant predictor of the IBQ-R Distress and Falling Reactivity scales and (b) poor maternal sleep was a significant predictor of the IBQ-R Sadness scale.Our findings support previous findings of significant links between maternal emotional distress and perceived Negative Affectivity of her infant's temperament and provide a novel insight linking maternal poor sleep with perceived sadness of the infant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-612
Number of pages8
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Depressive symptoms
  • Infant
  • Mother
  • Negative Affectivity
  • Sleep
  • Temperament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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