Depression And Its Effects On The Quality Of Interpersonal Relationships

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Depression is one of the most common psychiatric disorders in the United States. About 20% of people in the U.S. will experience an episode of depression some time in their lifetime. Of these people, women make up a majority of this group (Gotlib & Hammen, 2008). Depression is responsible for both social and economic disability among other mental and behavioral disorders during early and middle adulthood (Goodman &Tully, 2008; Wilhelm, 2006). During this period in life, women are most likely mothers and are still supremely primary caretakers for children (Goodman &Tully, 2008; Lamb, 2000). Depression can negatively affect the quality of interpersonal relationships, including spouses and children (Hammen, 2008). Mothers have the most contact and influence of a child’s caretaking. If a mother is depressed, that influence would be more impressionable than if the child’s father was depressed—in terms of the child’s ability to internalize and externalize problems (Goodman &Tully, 2008; Connell & Goodman, 2002). Children with clinically depressed mothers have been shown to experience withdrawn or negative interactions with their mothers that can subsequently lead to behavioral problems (Turney, 2011; Turner & Lloyd, 1999).
Depression in mothers can have detrimental consequences on the relationship that a mother has with their child and the child’s future health. One of the greatest risk factors for depression in children is a family history of depression, specifically a child’s
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