Journal article

Evolution of Depression and Anxiety Symptoms in Parents of Very Preterm Infants During the Newborn Period

Carmen C Pace, Alicia J Spittle, Charlotte M-L Molesworth, Katherine J Lee, Elisabeth A Northam, Jeanie LY Cheong, Peter G Davis, Lex W Doyle, Karli Treyvaud, Peter J Anderson

JAMA Pediatrics | AMER MEDICAL ASSOC | Published : 2016

Abstract

IMPORTANCE: Mothers experience heightened depression and anxiety following very preterm (VPT) birth, but how these symptoms evolve during the first months after birth is unknown. Research on the psychological adjustment of fathers following VPT birth is limited. OBJECTIVES: To describe the trajectory and predictors of distress in parents of VPT infants during the first 12 weeks after birth, and to compare rates of depression and anxiety in parents of VPT infants with those in parents of healthy full-term (FT) infants shortly after birth and at 6 months' postnatal age. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Longitudinal, prospective, follow-up cohort study of depression and anxiety symptoms in pa..

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Grants

Awarded by Centre for Clinical Research Excellence grant


Awarded by Centres of Research Excellence grant


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Centre for Clinical Research Excellence grant 546519 (Drs Cheong, Doyle, and Anderson), Centres of Research Excellence grant 1060733 (Drs Spittle, Cheong, Doyle, and Anderson), project grant 1024516 (Drs Spittle, Doyle, and Anderson), project grant 1028822 (Drs Spittle, Cheong, Doyle, and Anderson), Senior Research Fellowship 1081288 (Dr Anderson), and Early Career Fellowship 1053767 (Dr Spittle) from the National Health and Medical Research Council and by the Operational Infrastructure Support Program from the State Government of Victoria. Dr Pace was supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award from the University of Melbourne.