This study was funded by a grant from the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), the Foundation for Children’s Welfare Stamps Netherlands (SKN), and the Community Mental Health Center, RIAGG IJsselland, the Netherlands. The trial on “Improving Positive Interaction Between Depressed Mothers and Their Infants: An Effect Study on a Preventive Program for Mother and Child” has been assigned a unique trial identification number (International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number Register [ISRCTN]). This number is ISRCTN83523136. The study was approved in November 1999 by the Medical Ethics Committee of Nijmegen University, on behalf of the chair, C. Hoogduin, MD.
A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Home-Visiting Intervention Aimed at Preventing Relationship Problems in Depressed Mothers and Their Infants
Version of Record online: 16 MAY 2008
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Volume 79, Issue 3, pages 547–561, May/June 2008
How to Cite
Van Doesum, K. T. M., Riksen-Walraven, J. M., Hosman, C. M. H. and Hoefnagels, C. (2008), A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Home-Visiting Intervention Aimed at Preventing Relationship Problems in Depressed Mothers and Their Infants. Child Development, 79: 547–561. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01142.x
- Issue online: 16 MAY 2008
- Version of Record online: 16 MAY 2008
This study examined the effect of a mother–baby intervention on the quality of mother–child interaction, infant–mother attachment security, and infant socioemotional functioning in a group of depressed mothers with infants aged 1–12 months. A randomized controlled trial compared an experimental group (n = 35) receiving the intervention (8–10 home visits) with a control group (n = 36) receiving parenting support by telephone. There were assessments pre, post, and follow-up after 6 months. The intervention had positive effects on the quality of mother–infant interaction. Infants in the experimental group had higher scores for attachment security and for one aspect of socioemotional functioning, namely, competence. The intervention proved successful in preventing deterioration of the quality of mother–child interaction.