Susan Dickstein

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The authors compared 31 outpatients with double depression to 50 outpatients with episodic major depression. Patients with double depression exhibited significantly greater impairment, more severe depressive symptoms, greater comorbidity, more personality disturbance, lower levels of social support, more chronic strains, and higher rates of bipolar II and(More)
Infants appear to be active participants in complex interactional sequences with their parents far earlier than previously theorized. In this report, we document the capacity of 3-month-old infants to share attention with two partners (mothers and fathers) simultaneously, and trace links between this capacity and early family group-level dynamics. During(More)
The combined impact of infant colic and maternal depression on infant, parent, and family difficulties was examined. The sample included 93 consecutive patients seen at an outpatient Colic Clinic. Most mothers had private insurance and completed high school. Infants were approximately 2 months of age. Questionnaires completed by the mother prior to(More)
This study examined family functioning at mealtime, a context relevant to the management of cystic fibrosis (CF). Thirty-three families of children with CF and a control sample of 33 families of children without a chronic illness were assessed. Family functioning was rated during a videotaped dinner using the McMaster Mealtime Interaction Coding System(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the course of mothers' depression symptoms in association with child and family functioning beyond that explained by diagnostic status. METHOD A longitudinal high-risk design with 16 months of course-of-illness follow-up was used. Structured clinical and family interviews, direct observation of child social-emotional competence, and(More)
The validity of the General Behavior Inventory (GBI) in screening outpatients for chronic unipolar and bipolar affective conditions was evaluated. The GBI was administered to 492 consecutive patients at a university clinic and a community mental health center. Using a stratified random sampling plan, 167 patients were selected and administered blind(More)
The Early Childhood Screening Assessment (ECSA) is a primary care screening measure developed to identify very young children (1½-5 years old) who need further emotional or behavioral assessment. The ECSA was developed specifically to meet the logistical constraints of primary care settings. This study assessed the preliminary psychometric properties of the(More)
This diverse collection of papers highlights routines and rituals in family life. Just as individual family members bring unique styles and perspectives to the family table, to be incorporated into a family framework, so do each of these papers present rich and varied research questions, designs, and measurement strategies that enrich our understanding of(More)
Effective emotion regulation may promote resilience and preschool classroom adjustment by supporting adaptive peer interactions and engagement in learning activities. We investigated how hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) regulation, cardiac reactivity, and classroom emotion displays related to adjustment among low-income preschoolers attending Head(More)