Journal article

Is socioeconomic inequality in postnatal depression an early-life root of disadvantage for children?

Jemimah Ride

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH ECONOMICS | SPRINGER | Published : 2019

Abstract

This paper investigates the role that socioeconomic inequality in postnatal depression might play in intergenerational transmission of inequality. Infants' development is thought to be particularly sensitive to mothers' mental health at this time, suggesting that greater early-life exposure to maternal depression among disadvantaged groups might be a root of later socioeconomic inequalities. Heightened contact with health services during this period presents opportunities for intervention, but higher unmet need for treatment of postnatal depression among the disadvantaged might be widening inequalities. The aim of this study is to quantify the potential contribution of postnatal depression t..

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