Journal article

Early childhood aetiology of mental health problems: a longitudinal population-based study

Jordana K Bayer, Harriet Hiscock, Obioha C Ukoumunne, Anna Price, Melissa Wake

JOURNAL OF CHILD PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY | WILEY | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Mental health problems comprise an international public health issue affecting up to 20% of children and show considerable stability. We aimed to identify child, parenting, and family predictors from infancy in the development of externalising and internalising behaviour problems by age 3 years. METHODS: Design Longitudinal, population-based survey completed by primary caregivers when children were 7, 12, 18, 24 and 36 months old. Participants 733 children sequentially recruited at 6-7 months from routine well-child appointments (August-September 2004) across six socio-economically and culturally diverse government areas in Victoria, Australia; 589 (80%) retained at 3 years. Meas..

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