Journal article

Examining longitudinal associations between self-reported depression, anxiety and stress symptoms and hair cortisol among mothers of young children

Hannah Bryson, Melissa Middleton, Hamidul Huque, Fiona Mensah, Sharon Goldfeld, Anna MH Price

Journal of Affective Disorders | Elsevier | Published : 2021


Background: Maternal mental health is critically important given its impacts on both women's and children's outcomes. Hair cortisol concentrations (HCC) may provide insight into physiological processes underpinning mental health. This study investigated associations between mothers’ self-reported mental health symptoms and their HCC at 1, 2 and 3 years postpartum. Methods: Longitudinal study of Australian mothers recruited for their experience of adversity in pregnancy (‘right@home’ trial, N=722). Mental health symptoms were self-reported using the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scales (DASS). Associations between DASS total and subscale scores and HCC were estimated using linear regression..

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

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Funding Acknowledgements

"right@home" is funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services, the Ian Potter Foundation, Sabemo Trust, Sidney Myer Fund, the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC, Project Grant 1079418). Research at the MCRI is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. HB is supported by an MCRI Research Group Scholarship and an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. HH is supported by NHMRC Project Grant 1102468 and Centre for Research Excellence Grant 1035261 for the Victorian Centre for Biostatistics. FM is supported by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship 1111160. SG is supported by NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship 1155290.