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Sadness in mothers’ ‘baby-talk’ predicts affective disorder in adolescent offspring

Murray, L. and Marwick, Helen Margaret and Arteche, Adriane (2010) Sadness in mothers’ ‘baby-talk’ predicts affective disorder in adolescent offspring. Infant Behavior and Development, 33 (3). pp. 361-364. ISSN 0163-6383

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Abstract

‘Baby-talk’ is common across cultures. It underpins infant vocal preferences, and helps regulate infant engagement. Its longer-term significance is unclear. In a longitudinal study, we found indications of ‘sadness’ in postnatally depressed mothers’ baby-talk statistically mediated effects of maternal depression on offspring adolescent affective disorder.