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Reported child awareness of parental depression

Eyre, Olga, Bevan-Jones, Rhys ORCID:, Mars, B., Hammerton, Gemma, Sellers, Ruth, Potter, R., Thapar, Ajay Kumar ORCID:, Rice, Frances ORCID:, Collishaw, Stephan ORCID: and Thapar, Anita ORCID: 2014. Reported child awareness of parental depression. Psychiatric Bulletin 38 (3) , pp. 122-127. 10.1192/pb.bp.113.044198

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Aims and method To determine rates of parent-reported child awareness of parental depression, examine characteristics of parents, children and families according to child awareness, and explore whether child awareness is associated with child psychopathology. Data were available from 271 families participating in the Early Prediction of Adolescent Depression (EPAD) study, a longitudinal study of offspring of parents with recurrent depression. Results Seventy-three per cent of participating children were perceived as being aware of their parent's depression. Older children, and children of parents who experienced more severe depression, were more likely to be aware. Awareness was not associated with child psychopathology. Clinical implications Considering children in the context of parental depression is important. Child awareness may influence their access to early intervention and prevention programmes. Further research is needed to understand the impact of awareness on the child.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists
ISSN: 2053-4868
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 October 2018
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 10:29

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