Codification method and categories of content of the baby-directed maternal speech

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The maternal speech oriented to the baby has been widely studied due to its importance for the child's development. In this article we present a research method and a set of content categories of maternal speech directed to the child. This methodological proposal is based on a survey of 80 dyads of mothers and babies, with and without postpartum depression (PPD). The distribution of frequency of the categories was similar in both groups. There was no statistical difference in the means of categories for mothers with and without PPD, indicating that there is no change in speech style due to maternal depression. In our view, these categories could be applied to study the speech of both healthy mothers and those with postpartum depression.

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Santos, A. K., dos Santos, L. S., & Bussab, V. S. R. (2019). Codification method and categories of content of the baby-directed maternal speech. Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa, 35. https://doi.org/10.1590/0102.3772E35312

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