This longitudinal investigation explored the impact of a childhood history of physical and sexual abuse on perinatal depressive symptomatology, suicide attempts, and maternal behavior in an ethnically diverse sample of 95 adolescent mothers. Maternal role attainment theory and the cognitive-interpersonal theory of depression provided the conceptual framework for this study. This investigation helps to expand theory on adolescent maternal role attainment by identifying a relationship between history of abuse, depressive symptoms over time, and maternal role behavior problems. Findings do not indicate that a history of childhood maltreatment alone increases a young mother's risk for maternal-child interaction problems.
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