Last updated on February 2009

Trial to Evaluate the Effect of Home-Based Peer Support on Maternal-Infant Interaction Infant Health Outcomes and Postpartum Depression (PPD)

Brief description of study

The objective of this study is to examine the impact of a home-based peer support intervention for mothers affected by postpartum depression (PPD) and for their infants.

Detailed Study Description

This controlled study will help establish the link between support for maternal caregiving, maternal-infant interaction, infant neuroendocrinology and infant cognitive and social development. The primary hypothesis predicts that home-based peer support will improve maternal-infant interactions. Secondary hypotheses predict that home-based peer support will: improve infants' cognitive development; improve infants' social development; decrease average daily salivary cortisol levels in infants; reduce maternal depressive symptomatology; and improve maternal perceptions of social support.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT00298311

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