PhD student in Psychology
Université du Québec à Montréal
Award-winning publication: Child-care quality moderates the association between maternal depression and children's behavioural outcome
Published in: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Justine Charrois's research aimed to study the link between maternal depression during a child's preschool years and the child's emotional and behavioural development, and the impact of child-care quality on this link. The findings showed that, in the presence of maternal depression, preschool-age children attending low-quality child care presented greater behavioural problems, specifically hyperactivity and inattention. Conversely, high-quality child care could play a protective role in the child's development. It is therefore possible to act on the infrastructure level to prevent certain emotional and behavioural problems during the preschool period that could have long-term impacts, such as academic difficulties and social dysfunction.