The purpose of this study was to examine whether a home visiting intervention had the same affect on improving caregiving quality with mothers who expressed a depressed mood at birth. Mothers were randomly assigned to home visiting or standard postnatal care and their interaction with children was assessed three years post-partum. Findings showed that home visiting resulted in a better quality of caregiving for mothers without depressive symptoms. Results suggest that mothers with depressive systems need to receive specifically targetted interventions to ensure positive mother–child interactions.
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