College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Spring 6-8-2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Kathryn Grant, PhD

Second Advisor

Jocelyn Carter, PhD


Depression can go beyond influencing the livelihood of a woman, Mothers with depression often have difficulty paying attention to their children, and can fail to establish a bond with them (Delaney, 2017). The current study looked for a relation between children’s internalizing symptoms and their mothers’ depressive symptoms, and whether or not strength of the mother-child bond mediates that relation. Significant effects of maternal depression were found on child’s internalizing symptoms. Barron and Kenny’s four step method to establishing mediation was used (Barron & Kenny, 1983; Mackinnon et al., 2007). Based on Barron and Kenny’s criterion for establishing mediation, mediation was found. Specifically, the mother-child relationship was found the mediate the relationship between maternal depression and child’s internalizing symptoms. Implications of the results are discussed.

SLP Collection


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Psychology Commons