Judy Hutchings, Tracey Bywater, Margiad Elen Williams, Eleanor Lane, and Christopher J Whitaker
Depression is a common and debilitating illness and there is a strong association between maternal depression and childhood Conduct Disorder (CD). In this paper, Tracey Bywater and co-authors, examine the impact of maternal depression on the outcome of treatment for the prevention of CD. They find that improvement in maternal depression is a significant partial mediator of improvement in child behaviour, and continues to be a partial mediator when positive parenting is included in the mediation model. Parenting interventions for the prevention of CD are more likely to result in improved child behaviour when they also address the skill deficits known to be associated with maternal depression.
Psychology, 3, 795-801. doi:10.4236/psych.2012.329120.