Journal article

Depression and anxiety in early adulthood: consequences for finding a partner, and relationship support and conflict

LS Leach, P Butterworth

Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences | Cambridge University Press (CUP) | Published : 2020

Abstract

Aims Mental health problems in early adulthood may disrupt partner relationship formation and quality. This prospective study used four waves of Australian data to investigate the effects of depression and anxiety in early adulthood on the quality of future partner (i.e. marriage or cohabiting) relationships. Methods A representative community sample of Australian adults aged 20–24 years was assessed in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011. Analyses were restricted to those who at baseline had never entered a marriage or cohabiting relationship with no children (n = 1592). Associations were examined between baseline depression and anxiety levels (using the Goldberg Depression and Anxiety scales) and (..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship


Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)


Funding Acknowledgements

The PATH Through Life Project has been supported by numerous grants provided by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (973302, 179805 and 418039). In addition, this work was funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship (L.L., 1035803), and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship (P.B., FT13101444). The funding bodies played no role in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the paper for publication.