Does infant negative emotionality moderate the effect of maternal depression on motor development?
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Highlights•Poor motor development has been reported in infants of postpartum depressed mothers but the effect is not linear.•Infant temperament is responsible for the variability in the consequences of maternal depression on child development.•This cross sectional study provides evidence of the interdependence of maternal depression and child negative emotionality.•The study confirms the interaction of maternal depressive symptoms and child negative emotionality on motor development.•Interventions to buffer maternal depression effect on infants’ growth should also focus on early emotional vulnerability.

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