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Rochester, New York 14608


This study will compare three interventions for depressed, low income mothers and determine which is most effective in treating maternal depression and in fostering development in infants.

Study summary:

Poorly educated, low income mothers are at high risk for becoming depressed. The effects of living in poverty and being reared by a depressed parent can be detrimental to an infant's development. Effective interventions to reduce maternal depression and strengthen the mother-infant relationships are needed. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of three groups. Group 1 mothers will receive 16 weekly sessions of interpersonal psychotherapy (IP) designed to directly treat maternal depression. Group 1 participants will have monthly follow-up visits for 1 year. Participants in Group 2 will receive 16 weekly sessions of IP followed by 1 year of in-home, infant-parent psychotherapy, an intervention addressing relationship difficulties between depressed mothers and their infants. Group 3 mothers will be invited to attend informational meetings as well as be referred to local services available to people with depression. All mother-child pairs will be evaluated when the child is 12, 16, 24, and 36 months of age. Evaluations will involve questionnaires, diagnostic interviews, developmental assessments, and video- and audio-taped measures.


Inclusion Criteria for Mothers: - Current diagnosis of depression - Mother of an infant 9 to 11 months of age - Low income, defined as less than $25,000 for a family of two or less than $31,400 for a family of three (add approximately $7,960 for each additional family member) Exclusion Criteria for Mothers: - Current substance abuse - Severe mental or physical limitations that would interfere with the study



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Sheree Toth, PhD
Mount Hope Family Center

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Location Contact:

Rochester, New York 14608
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: November 18, 2019

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