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Resilience in high-risk adolescents of mothers with recurrent depressive disorder: the contribution of fathers

Mahedy, Liam ORCID:, Harold, Gordon T., Maughan, Barbara, Gardner, Frances, Araya, Ricardo, Bevan Jones, Rhys, Hammerton, Gemma, Sellers, Ruth, Thapar, Anita ORCID: and Collishaw, Stephan ORCID: 2018. Resilience in high-risk adolescents of mothers with recurrent depressive disorder: the contribution of fathers. Journal of Adolescence 65 , pp. 207-218. 10.1016/j.adolescence.2018.03.016

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This study examines the role of paternal emotional support as a resilience promoter in offspring of mothers with depression by considering the role of fathers' mental health and the quality of the couple relationship. Two hundred and sixty-five mothers with recurrent unipolar depression, partners and adolescents from Wales were assessed. Paternal emotional support, couple relationship quality, and paternal depression were assessed at baseline; adolescent mental health symptoms were assessed using the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Assessment at follow-up. Results showed evidence of an indirect pathway whereby couple relationship quality predicted paternal emotional support (β = −.21, 95% CI [−.34, −.08]; p = .002) which in turn predicted adolescent depression (β = −.18, 95% CI [−.33, −.04]; p = .02), but not disruptive behaviours (β = −.08, 95% CI [−.22, .07]; p = .30), after controlling for relevant confounders. The findings highlight that fathers and the broader family system play an important role in enhancing resilience to depression symptoms in at-risk adolescents.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Additional Information: Open Access funded by Economic and Social Research Council
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0140-1971
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 April 2018
Date of Acceptance: 27 March 2018
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2023 18:46

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