Depressed Mothers' Parenting of Adolescents: Social-cognitive & Neural Mechanisms

The researchers are investigating the neurobiological and cognitive-affective basis of parenting behavior in depressed and nondepressed mothers.
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Depression in mothers makes it difficult to parent warmly and effectively. Depressed women's parenting difficulties place their children at risk for behavioral and emotional problems. The study investigators are identifying contributors to depressed mothers' parenting difficulties. The information to be gained will be helpful in developing treatments to help depressed women and their children.


8/1/15 - 5/31/20


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)


Nelson, B. W., Sheeber, L., Pfeifer, J., & Allen, N. B. (2021). Psychobiological markers of allostatic load in depressed and nondepressed mothers and their adolescent offspring. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, 62(2), 199–211.

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Pozzi, Elena; Simmons, Julian G.; Bousman, Chad A.; Vijayakumar, Nandita; Bray, Katherine O.; Dandash, Orwa; Richmond, Sally; Schwartz, Orli; Seal, Marc; Sheeber, Lisa; Yap, Marie B.H.; Allen,Nicholas B.; Whittle, Sarah L. (2019). The Influence of Maternal Parenting Style on the Neural Correlates of Emotion Processing in Children. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Hollenstein, T., Allen, N. B., & Sheeber, L. (2016). Affective patterns in triadic family interactions: Associations with adolescent depression. Development & Psychopathology, 28, 85-96. doi: 10.1017/S0954579415000309

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