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Mothers' antenatal depression and their children's antisocial outcomes

Hay, Dale F. ORCID:, Pawlby, Susan, Waters, Cerith S. ORCID:, Perra, Oliver and Sharp, Deborah 2010. Mothers' antenatal depression and their children's antisocial outcomes. Child Development 81 (1) , pp. 149-165. 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01386.x

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Interviews of 120 British adolescents and their parents (80% of a random sample of antenatal patients drawn from a representative urban population and followed longitudinally) revealed that 40 (33%) had been arrested and/or had a diagnosis of DSM–IV conduct disorder by 16 years of age; of those, 18 (45%) had committed violent acts. Depression in pregnancy significantly predicted violence in adolescence, even after controlling for the family environment, the child’s later exposure to maternal depression, the mother’s smoking and drinking during pregnancy, and parents’ antisocial behavior. Mothers with a history of conduct problems were at elevated risk to become depressed in pregnancy, and the offspring of depressed women had a greater chance of becoming violent by age 16.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0009-3920
Funders: Medical Research Council UK Project Grant G89292999N, Medical Research Council UK Project Grant G9539876N, Medical Research Council UK Programme Grant GO400086, Psychiatry Research Trust, South West G.P. Trust., ESRC
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 12:54

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