Lecture Notes in Education
Psychology and Public Media

How Does Maternal Depression Relate to Maternal Elaboration?


Yiyun Jiang * 1

1 Department of Psychology, University of York

Corresponding Author

Yiyun Jiang


maternal depression, mother-child conversation, maternal elaboration


The aim of this study was to validate a scheme to code maternal elaboration in a non-memory context in order to explore its relation with maternal depression both concurrently and longitudinally. The study explored the maternal depression at four time points (8, 15, 26, 44 months after giving birth) and five coding styles of maternal conversation. The coding styles for maternal conversation were as follows: MQ-Elab, YN-Elab, ST-Elab, CONF, and REP. The study indicated that the maternal depression showed a negative correlation with styles of maternal conversation at the 8-month age. The correlation between maternal depression and maternal elaboration has become weaker as time goes by. These findings suggested that the maternal depression was correlated with the maternal elaboration, providing both theoretical and practical contributions for future research and application in reality.


Yiyun Jiang. How Does Maternal Depression Relate to Maternal Elaboration?. LNEP (2021) LNEP ICEIPI 2021: 58-66. DOI: 10.54254/lnep.iceipi.2021163.


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