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This research project explores variables that may impact the outcomes of children with clinically-depressed mothers, with a focus on 14- to 17-year-old adolescents. We are interested in learning why some children with depressed mothers develop anxious thoughts or behaviors while others develop aggressive thoughts or behaviors. To do so, we are analyzing relevant variables that have potential to impact or explain the differences in development, such as relational separation and family instability, mother/child relationship, and parenting practices. Statistical analyses have demonstrated that some of these variables of interest are significant mediators between maternal depression and specific child outcomes, but not all of them. This project also uses sibling- and cousin-comparison models in order to ensure that genetics are similar and that environmental factors are the main focus. This research is important as it will give insight on what may be affecting the mental health of adolescents and teenagers, hopefully leading to better education for families and beneficial resources that allow children in these circumstances to thrive.
Jackson A Goodnight
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
"Differences in the Development of Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors in Children of Depressed Mothers" (2018). Stander Symposium Posters. 1390.