Depressed mothers' judgments about their children: an examination of the depression-distortion hypothesis.

@article{Richters1989DepressedMJ,
  title={Depressed mothers' judgments about their children: an examination of the depression-distortion hypothesis.},
  author={J E Richters and D P Pellegrini},
  journal={Child development},
  year={1989},
  volume={60 5},
  pages={1068-75}
}
The belief that depressed mothers have distorted perceptions of their children's problems has gained considerable currency in recent years. The empirical basis for this belief at present amounts to little more than reliable demonstrations that depressed mothers tend to report more behavior problems in their children than do nondepressed mothers. An obvious alternative to the distortion interpretation is that depressed mothers are accurate about their children's behavior problems. We examined… CONTINUE READING