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Interpreting the effects of mothers' postnatal depression on children's intelligence: A critique and re-analysis

Hay, Dale F. and Kumar, R. 1995. Interpreting the effects of mothers' postnatal depression on children's intelligence: A critique and re-analysis. Child Psychiatry & Human Development 25 (3) , pp. 165-181. 10.1007/BF02251301

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Abstract

It is possible that reported links between postnatal depression and children's cognitive deficits can be completely explained by vulnerability factors in the child such as male gender and pre- and perinatal insults as well as known risk factors in the social environment. This hypothesis was evaluated, using prospective longitudinal data that had previously been obtained from a community sample of primiparous North London women, followed from early pregnancy until the children were 4 years old. Re-analysis of those data provided support for the original finding of an association between postnatal depression and impaired cognitive abilities in the children. There were, however, some important modifications: Low birth-weight infants and the infants of less educated mothers were most at risk. Perceptual and performance abilities were most affected.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Postnatal Depression - Infants - Cognitive Development
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0009-398x
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:14
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/35320

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