Children of Depressed Parents: Mechanisms of Risk and Implications for Treatment

Pages: 351
Item #: 431784A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-875-1
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Copyright: 2002
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In Children of Depressed Parents, distinguished experts explore the mechanisms and moderators for depression and other disorders in children of depressed parents. Among the most common of mental disorders, depression is a highly heritable and recurrent disorder that may be especially prevalent among women with young children. These factors converge to suggest that a high percentage of children are exposed to depression and are therefore at great risk for developing the disorder. The authors of this volume look at mechanisms that may help to transmit risk for developing depression and also at moderators that may help alleviate possible risk.

This volume brings together diverse perspectives on interventions and risk factors, focusing not on one particular age group, but taking a developmental approach that examines children at various ages. The volume editors propose an integrative framework for understanding the risks for developing depression. Working from a rich empirical foundation, contributing authors provide clinical implications and suggested applications of the findings they discuss, making this a valuable book for researchers and clinicians alike.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
    —Ian H. Gotlib and Sherryl H. Goodman

I. Mechanisms of Risk

  1. Nature–Nurture Interplay in the Risks Associated With Parental Depression
    —Judy Silberg and Michael Rutter
  2. Maternal Depression, Infant Psychobiological Development, and Risk for Depression
    —Sharon B. Ashman and Geraldine Dawson
  3. Prenatal Effects of Maternal Depression
    —Tiffany M. Field
  4. Parental Depression and Child Attachment: Hostile and Helpless Profiles of Parent and Child Behavior Among Families at Risk
    —Karlen Lyons-Ruth, Amy Lyubchik, Rebecca Wolfe, and Elisa Bronfman
  5. Negative Cognitions in Offspring of Depressed Parents: Mechanisms of Risk
    —Judy Garber and Nina C. Martin
  6. Parental Depression and Offspring Disorders: A Developmental Perspective
    —Marian Radke-Yarrow and Bonnie Klimes-Dougan
  7. Context of Stress in Families of Children With Depressed Parents
    —Constance Hammen

II. Moderators of Risk

  1. Family Context: Fathers and Other Supports
    —Vicky Phares, Amy M. Duhig, and M. Monica Watkins
  2. Children Coping With Parental Depression: Processes of Adaptation to Family Stress
    —Bruce E. Compas, Adela M. Langrock, Gary Keller, Mary Jane Merchant, and Mary Ellen Copeland
  3. Gender-Specific Vulnerability to Depression in Children of Depressed Mothers
    —Lisa Sheeber, Betsy Davis, and Hyman Hops

III. Intervention, Integration, and Recommendations

  1. Treatment, Intervention, and Prevention With Children of Depressed Parents: A Developmental Perspective
    —Tracy R. G. Gladstone and William R. Beardslee
  2. Transmission of Risk to Children of Depressed Parents: Integration and Conclusions
    —Sherryl H. Goodman and Ian H. Gotlib

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Sherryl H. Goodman received her PhD in clinical psychology in 1978 from the University of Waterloo. She is a professor in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is also director of the Clinical Training Program in Psychology. Her research interests center around the field of developmental psychopathology and, more specifically, the mechanisms by which depression may be transmitted from mothers to their children. Dr. Goodman is also interested in the epidemiology of child and adolescent psychopathology, with a particular focus on risk and protective factors. She is currently directing research on: mother–infant interaction in association with mothers' treatment for postpartum depression; children's understanding of sadness in others; the development of a measure of children's perception of parental sadness; the role of fathers in families with depressed mothers; and maternal depression as an early life stress for infants. Dr. Goodman is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and associate editor of the Journal of Family Psychology.

Ian H. Gotlib received his PhD in clinical psychology in 1981 from the University of Waterloo. He is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University in Stanford, California, and is director of the Stanford Mood and Anxiety Disorders Laboratory. In general, Dr. Gotlib's research examines information-processing styles of depressed children, adolescents, and adults; patterns of brain activation of depressed individuals in response to different emotional stimuli, and the emotional, cognitive, physiological, and behavioral functioning of children of depressed mothers. Dr. Gotlib is currently overseeing a project examining the mechanisms of transmission of risk factors for depression and anxiety from mothers to daughters and the identification and psychobiological assessment of depressed individuals who are characterized by strong negative biases in their cognitive functioning. Dr. Gotlib is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Psychopathological Association.