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

Mahedy, Liam, Harold, Gordon T., Maughan, Barbara, Gardner, Frances, Araya, Ricardo, Bevan Jones, Rhys, Hammerton, Gemma, Sellers, Ruth, Thapar, Anita and Collishaw, Stephan 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: 23 Jul 2022 08:53

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