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Trends in pre-existing mental health disorders among parents of infants born in Western Australia from 1990 to 2005

Melissa O'Donnell, Denise Anderson, Vera A Morgan, Natasha Nassar, Helen M Leonard, Fiona J Stanley



OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of prior and current mental health disorders in parents, including trends over time. DESIGN: retrospective population cohort study using de-identified linked health data. SETTING: Population of Western Australia. SUBJECTS: All parents of infants born in WA between 1990 and 2005. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Prevalence of prior mental health disorders in parents by birth 2013 and by parent and child characteristics, including Aboriginality, maternal age, socioeconomic status and diagnostic groups. RESULTS: From 1990 to 2005, there was an increase in prevalence of prior mental health disorders in mothers, from 76 per 1000 births in 1990 to 131 per 1000 births i..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project grant (LP100200507) and an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant (DP110100967). We acknowledge the partnership of the WA Department of Health, Department for Child Protection, Department of Education, Disability Services Commission, Department of Corrective Services and Department of the Attorney General who provided support as well as data for this project. This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the government departments involved in this research. Melissa O'Donnell is supported bye National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship (1012439). Natasha Nassar is supported by a NHMRC Career Development Award (632955). We also thank the WA Data Linkage Branch for linking the data.