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Adaptive Coping and Maternal Criticism Mediate the Relation Between Maternal Depression and Daughters’ Self-Worth

Poster Session III - Board: III-094
Friday, May 22, 2009, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Golden Gate Exhibit Hall

Renee J. Thompson
Stanford University

Jutta Mata
Stanford University

Ian H. Gotlib
Stanford University

Research has consistently found that maternal depression is associated with decreased self-worth in children. In a sample of 151 mother-daughter pairs, we found that mothers’ reported criticism of their daughters and daughters’ adaptive coping with maternal stressors fully mediated the relation between maternal depression and daughters’ self-worth.

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Festschrift for Donald Stein