Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 135–148

The Efficacy of Toddler-Parent Psychotherapy for Fostering Cognitive Development in Offspring of Depressed Mothers

  • Dante Cicchetti
  • Fred A. Rogosch
  • Sheree L. Toth
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005118713814

Cite this article as:
Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F.A. & Toth, S.L. J Abnorm Child Psychol (2000) 28: 135. doi:10.1023/A:1005118713814

Abstract

The efficacy of Toddler-Parent Psychotherapy (TPP) as a preventive intervention for fostering cognitive development in the offspring of depressed mothers was evaluated. Mothers with major depressive disorder and their toddlers were randomly assigned to TPP (n = 43) or to a nonintervention group (n = 54) and compared to a control group (n = 61) of women with no current or past mental disorder. At baseline (age 20 months), the groups did not differ on the Bayley Mental Development Index. At post-intervention follow-up (age 3 years), a relative decline in IQ was found in the depressed nonintervention group, whereas the depressed intervention and the normal control groups continued to be equivalent, with higher WPPSI-R Full Scale and Verbal IQs. The worst outcome was found among nonintervention children whose mothers had subsequent depressive episodes. The results confirm the developmental risks faced by offspring of depressed mothers and support the efficacy of the preventive intervention in safeguarding successful cognitive development in at-risk youngsters.

Cognitive developmentmaternal depressionpreventiontoddler-parent psychotherapy

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dante Cicchetti
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fred A. Rogosch
    • 1
  • Sheree L. Toth
    • 1
  1. 1.Mt. Hope Family CenterUniversity of RochesterRochester
  2. 2.Mt. Hope Family CenterRochester