Last updated on June 2020

Reducing Maternal Depression and Promoting Infant Social-Emotional Health & Development

Brief description of study

A mobile remote coaching program study to improve maternal mood and increase parenting practices that lead to better infant social-emotional and communication outcomes

Detailed Study Description

To address the life course needs of depressed mothers and their infants, brief, accessible, and integrated interventions that target both maternal depression and specific nurturing parent behaviors demonstrated to improve infant social-emotional communication outcomes are needed. In prior programmatic research, two separate web-based, remote coaching interventions for: (a) parent nurturing behaviors that improve infant outcomes (Baby-Net R34; R01) [13], and (b) maternal depression (Mom-Net R34; R01) [14] were developed. Compared to controls, the Baby-Net program demonstrated medium to large effects on observed nurturing parent behavior and on infant social-emotional competencies in the context of play [13] and in the context of book activities [15]. Mom-Net demonstrated low attrition and high levels of feasibility, program use, and satisfaction [14]. Compared to controls, Mom-Net participants demonstrated significant reductions in depression and improved preschool parenting behavior [14]. A substantial advantage of the mobile, remote coaching approach is that it overcomes multiple logistical barriers that often prevent low-income mothers from participating in community/home visiting treatment programs [2]. Thus, this prior research on web-based maternal depression and specific nurturing parenting behavior in infancy, provides a strong empirical basis for the Mom & Baby Net program. Investigators will rigorously test the merged Mom & Baby Net intervention effects with 180 low-income mothers with depression and their infants via a 2-arm, intent-to-treat, randomized controlled trial.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03464630

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Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA United States
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Recruitment Status: Open

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