Journal article

From adolescence to parenthood: a multi-decade study of preconception mental health problems and postpartum parent-infant bonds

JA Macdonald, C Greenwood, P Letcher, EA Spry, HM McAnally, K Thomson, D Hutchinson, GJ Youssef, J McIntosh, RJ Hancox, GC Patton, CA Olsson

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2020


PURPOSE: To examine associations between anxiety and depressive symptoms across adolescence and young adulthood with subsequent maternal- and paternal-infant bonding at 1 year postpartum. METHODS: The data were from a prospective, intergenerational cohort study. Participants (381 mothers of 648 infants; 277 fathers of 421 infants) self-reported depression and anxiety at three adolescent waves (ages 13, 15 and 17 years) and three young adult waves (ages 19, 23 and 27 years). Subsequent parent-infant bonds with infants were reported at 1 year postpartum (parent age 29-35 years). Generalised estimating equations (GEE) separately assessed associations for mothers and fathers. RESULTS: Mean postp..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian Research Council [DP130101459; DP160103160; DP180102447] and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia [APP1082406; APP1175086; APP1197488].